A research project aimed at encouraging local authorities to use recycled wood for their landscaping schemes is underway.

WRAP, the Waste and Resources Programme, is working with University College Northampton on a pilot project centring on Redditch borough council.

It will identify the potential uses of recycled wood in the borough and produce GIS maps of the findings.

Julia Turner, material development manager for wood at WRAP, said: “We hope the findings will provide both information and a case study that will assist us in explaining the full potential uses of recycled wood products to local authorities who may not yet have considered them as a suitable landscaping material for plant beds, paths or play areas.”

She said recycled wood is an extremely durable, cost effective surfacing product which requires little maintenance – yet nearly half of those responsible for choosing landscaping materials at local councils are unaware of its availability.