Skating on reclaimed wood – recyclers help London community project

Community skating project in east London helped by St Albans business

A COMMUNITY skate park built on the site of a disused warehouse in Hackney, London, has sourced a range of its materials from St Albans Wood Recycling.

The project, which has been widely advertised on television and on YouTube was built by its designer, Andy Willis, who used a selection of reclaimed timber from the city’s not for profit social enterprise.

Andy opened the Frontside Gardens project in Rothbury Road, Hackney Wick, in September 2012 after his idea to open a sustainable skate park was chosen in a competition run by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

The popularity of the park with local users has now led the LLDC to continue to use the site for local and other residents.

Mr Willis built the park from scratch having sourced the reclaimed, cost effective materials from St Albans Wood Recycling as well as the Olympic Park.

Geoff Deans, who set up the business three years ago after leaving a career in IT, said he was pleased that yet more uses for their wood had been found.

“What we provide really can be used for 1001 different things and when it’s used to benefit a local community such as Hackney then obviously we are more than happy to help out.”

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