There are certain environments where conventional timber just doesn’t last long enough to be cost-effective. Marine environments are one, of course, (which we’ll cover another day) but woodland estates are another area that has seen a lot of use of British Recycled Plastic lumber. Regardless of how “cheap” softwood timber appears to buy, the real costs are in the labour of installing, maintaining, repairing, removing then re-installing it again a few short years later. Since the EU changed the legislation regarding contaminants in the treatment of softwoods, it has become even more costly to use it resulting in a much bigger take up of recycled plastic for these kind of projects due to its 100+ year lifespan.
This particular woodland trail in Accrington, Lancashire, has dispensed with all of that by using recycled plastic to contain the pathways and to build frames for steps.