A boot-iful idea to use all of your old wellies

Eleanor Chilton and her dad, Ian, put one worn-out welly to good use by turning it into a mini garden.

Eleanor Chilton and her dad, Ian, put one worn-out welly to good use by turning it into a mini garden.

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WELLY-wearers are being asked to give up their old boots in aid of a top-class cause.

The Saltholme wildlife reserve and discovery park near Hartlepool has put out an appeal for old wellies to use during autumn and early winter activities.

“We know people often become very attached to their favourite pair of wellies,” said Saltholme site manager Dave Braithwaite.

“But, when they start to leak, drop to bits – or the fashion gurus say black is so last year – then we promise we’ll find a good home for them.”

Saltholme staff and volunteers have declared the coming months, right up to the end of December, as welly season and have organised a programme of welly-themed events and activities.

“Welly season isn’t just for our young visitors,” said Dave. “We’ve lots of things planned for more mature welly-wearers as well. In fact, we’ve christened Saltholme ‘Wellyworld’ especially for this time.”

Tasks are being planned where helpers will definitely need wellies to take part.

Donated wellies will be turned into mini gardens, used to guide visitors around the wildlife reserve, and a host of other ingenious uses.

Anyone who can bear to part with their wellies, can take them along to the wildlife reserve and discovery park, which is on Seaton Carew Road.

For more details, call (01642) 546625 or email saltholme@rspb.org.uk