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The Devon County Show tackles the greenhouse effect

This greenhouse is made of 3,000 plastic bottles which could have ended up in landfill. Credit: ITV West Country

A greenhouse made from 3,000 re-used plastic bottles and a garden built out of recycled materials are the centre-piece of the Craft and Garden Pavilion at the 2019 Devon County Show at Westpoint near Exeter.

The 6ft by 8ft structure, which comprises used plastic bottles (otherwise destined for land fill) threaded onto a frame of bamboo canes, and the garden with a host of re-used ideas have been made by Crafts and Gardens Chief Steward Deborah Custance Baker. She wanted to look to the future and think about what can be done to reduce the amount of plastic going into oceans and landfill.

"We create so much rubbish on this planet at the moment so we must reuse it so we have tried to inspire people into what they can do".

– Deborah Custance Baker, Devon County Show
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The recycled garden includes plant ‘pots’ made with loo rolls, meaning seedlings could be transferred into the garden without the need for plastic pots.

This floral display was created by the craft group at Age UK Exeter for the Devon County Show. Credit: ITV West Country

The craft group at Age UK Exeter created paper flowers for the display while Men in Sheds - the charity's group for men over 50 - provided a series of old pallets reinvented as nesting boxes and dog beds.

Local children were also involved in the project - pupils from Tedburn St Mary School did a litter pick and made a tree for the exhibit from all the waste they collected.

Even the display itself will be recycled once the show is over. The garden and greenhouse will be donated to a local school.

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