Sizewell Belts near Aldeburgh is one of nearly 70 reserves managed by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. In 2003, Site Manager Alan Miller, was looking for a more robust and durable alternative to timber for the raised boardwalk he was planning to construct through woodland. He was well aware that timber, repairs and maintenance are required every 5 years, and in some cases, wood requires complete replacement within 10 years.
Location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk
He therefore chose recycled plastic materials from Centriforce for a 30m boardwalk, and found even more immediate benefits. Had he used timber, to prevent the boardwalk from being in direct contact with the wet ground and rotting, he would have had to fit posts into the soil and place the boardwalk on top. With plastic, the boardwalk could be placed on bearers directly onto the ground.
"A much better alternative than timber and has brought us many benefits". Alan Miller, Site Manager