A-one+ is a proud supporter of Highways England annual ‘Flowers in Bloom’ competition covering network areas 3, 4 and 5.
The purpose of the competition is to raise awareness of conservation while making our highway depots colourful and bright places to work. The theme this year is bees and butterflies. We decided to reuse fly tipped waste tyres collected from the network and recycle into planters to help increase the bee population. These tyres are normally transported to China for final disposal and by upcycling them we have managed to save 10.9 kilogrammes of carbon emission (CO2e).
We enlisted the help of local rainbows and brownies to transform the tyres which were collected, jet washed and distributed with painting kits to the following groups;
- 1st Rainham North Rainbows
- Sutton at Hone Brownies
- 6th Sevenoaks Brownies
- 2nd Hartley Brownies
- 6th Rainham North Brownies
- 3rd Walderslade Brownies
Each group painted their tyres in May in preparation for depot planting in June which coincided perfectly with World Environment Week. In true collaborative form the compost was kindly provided PJ Chaffins and pollinator friendly plants supplied by Tarmac.
Thanks go to Area 4 SHE team for coordination, all the Brownies and Rainbows for their excellent painting and all our depots teams for first-rate planting and placement. Not only do our depots look fantastic, we have improved community links and raised awareness of environmental and conservational issues.