A rubber bark manufacturing plant has been opened in Runcorn, Cheshire, by tyre recycler Re-Bound, creating five new jobs.
Each year the company turns a million old car tyres into hundreds of tonnes of colourful and scented rubber bark garden products. It has refurbished two previously empty units on an industrial estate.
Director Bob Jones said: “Hopefully this will lead to more employment for local people.
“In the past few years, we have seen a huge increase in the number of gardeners and landscape designers becoming more adventurous and experimenting with new ideas, while looking for products that are easy to use and have a positive impact on the environment.”