British Recycled Plastic offer tough, maintenance-free recycled plastic raised beds which can be tailored to suit your exact specification. As recycled plastic is chemically inert, it doesn’t degrade or rot in any way so there is no need for any harmful preservatives to be applied and, as a consequence, there is no leeching into the soil.
Whether you are looking for recycled plastic raised beds for allotments, schools’ kitchen gardens or for private use, we have a wide variety of sizes available or can just as easily supply material for a bespoke design.
Why choose recycled plastic for your raised beds?
There are a number of materials to choose from once you’ve decided that raised beds are for you. Wood is readily available and easy to work with but even when treated it rots quickly and is by far the least long lasting option. Sleepers are more durable but heavy and difficult to cut. They may also have been treated with preservatives in the past which will leak into your soil making it toxic. Bricks need a building expert on hand to ensure a safe construction and can also leak toxic lime into your soil. Concrete blocks will leave you needing either machinery or a strong team of helpers to put into place.
Recycled plastic raised beds are a permanent, maintenance free option that come either fully assembled or in easy to construct kit form. No heavy lifting, no plant hire and no team of body builders required. All our raised beds are constructed from 100% recycled British plastic and are reinforced by a set of plastic internal cross braces which hold the walls firm and disappear from view once filled with soil.
What about size?
When it comes to raised beds size really does matter which is why British Recycled Plastic have designed a range of sizes to suit your need whatever it may be. With a maximum width of 1000mm all our raised beds are fully accessible without the need to walk across them with your heavy, soil compacting boots on. Height is a huge consideration too of course and there are three to choose from so whether you’re a kneeler, a sitter or a stander British Recycled Plastic has a raised bed for you.
Wheelchair user friendly
Raised beds are a perfect option for you whether you want to grow flowers, soft fruit or vegetables but have a limited area in which to work. The 500mm wide raised beds can be placed directly against a wall which saves valuable space by giving you full access to your garden without the need to be able to walk around all four sides.
Limited gardening space?
If you use a wheelchair it’s probable that you will need raised beds that have a narrower reach. British Recycled Plastic have developed a range of 500mm wide beds in various lengths to make gardening easily accessible. There is an option for a 600mm high raised bed which is specifically designed to be wheelchair accessible.
What about the aesthetics?
Raised beds are perfect for growing flowers, soft fruits or vegetables and make an attractive as well as a practical addition to any garden. We have taken great care to ensure that our raised beds blend perfectly into your garden and both the black and brown options are designed to be a harmonious addition to you outdoor space. All the advantages of wood without the maintenance.
How are they made?
Here is a video from a finished project where our recycled plastic is used to make raised beds.
I have replaced a number of wooden raised beds in the past. How long will these last?
Raised beds made from recycled plastic will last for many decades, maybe even 100 years.
What is the difference between a kit and a flat pack?
The kits come with the sides and ends pre-assembled, whereas the flat packs are the cut pieces of lumber with fixings and easy-to-follow “Ikea style” instructions.
The advantage of the kits is that they are more easily and quickly put together. The disadvantages are that the sides can be very heavy and that they are more expensive.
Will they leach any preservatives into the soil?
Not at all. They are chemically inert, neither absorbing nor releasing anything.
Do I need to buy a kit or can I make my own by just buying the lumber and fixing it together myself?
You can do either. If you have specific dimensions you wish to fill, you may prefer to buy full lengths and cut them to your exact requirements, saving a little money in the process. If you want something easy to assemble, pre-cut and with fixings supplied, a flat-packed kit is probably best for you.
Why do your kits come in three different heights?
300mm is good general height for those people who are able to knee while attending the bed; 600mm is the perfect height for wheelchair users and 750mm is a good height for those who would prefer to stand without bending too much.
Why do some of the raised bed designs have struts going across them?
The compost or soil, particularly while wet, exerts force laterally as well as up and down, and the braces help the raised beds keep their shape over time.