Grandmother builds plastic bottle greenhouse

A 68-year-old Preston grandmother has created a greenhouse made entirely from plastic bottles for a University art project.

Linda Woollard and her greenhouse made from plastic bottles - image: UCLAN
Linda Woollard and her greenhouse made from plastic bottles - image: UCLAN

Linda Woollard from Penwortham in Preston has created the self-watering eco-friendly greenhouse for her final MA Fine Art project at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan.)

She used over 1400 plastic bottles collected by friends at her local allotment, a wooden frame and fencing wire to create the greenhouse. 

Linda has grown beans, tomatoes, courgettes, onions and sweet corn over the last 11 months in the plastic bottle structure as well as supplying her fellow allotment owners with seedlings for their own plots.

She has never needed to water the vegetables herself because it naturally allows rain water to come in.

"My aim was to create a community project that was also eco-friendly," she said. "On an allotment there is a real sense of sharing and re-using everything so nothing goes to waste and I think the greenhouse reflects this approach.

"So many people have helped by collecting plastic bottles to build it and the greenhouse seems to have sparked quite a bit of interest from passers-by."

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