Town centre trees benefit from flexible paving

Oxfordshire County Council has opted for flexible paving in order to preserve trees in central Banbury.

Image: Oxfordshire County Council
Image: Oxfordshire County Council

Trees on the town's Market Place had slowly lifted up areas of block paving, but instead of replacing these or cutting down the trees, the council has installed Flexi-pave, which incorporates recycled tyre rubber and also includes aggregates similar in colour to the rest of the pavement.

The flexibility combined with the pleasing look will hopefully mean that the solution will be long lasting, while its permeability will help keep the trees watered, the council said.

County councillor Yvonne Constance, Cabinet member for Environment, said: "By trying this new material in Banbury we are making good the damaged area and testing out how the recycled mix weathers."

The cost of the work was around £50,000.

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