I promised to share more pictures of some of the colourful, child-friendly tyre planters designs I found, so here goes!
It’s so nice to see several areas of back alley gardens springing up in Darwen. Perhaps they’ve been around for longer than I realise and it’s only these last months of roaming that have brought them to light; perhaps they’re the fruit of long local lockdowns.
I imagine it’s hard to appreciate how much difference little loving touches make to the way communities feel if you are not familiar with Lancashire towns. In terraced areas, neighbours count, and the ones who put a colourful planter outside their back yard walls are the best ones to live near.
Shared for Marsha and Cee’s Photographing Public Art Challenge.
46 Replies to “Sweet Tyre Planters Make a Back Alley Look Cared For”
I once made a tyre planter. Goodness, manhandling those tyres was hard work! But it was effective, once done..
My hat’s off to you! If you ever find one with a metal rim (more common in the US) you can cut a fancy, waisted style into it.
That sounds well above my paygrade,
What a lovely touch to any garden. And a great way to re-use those old tyres!
Any container works so far as the plants are concerned.
Love, love, love these. Only thing missing is a teapot tire…tyre.
But then they’d need Mad Hatter, March Hare and Dormouse…
These are great. I remember those from childhood. It’s great that people rediscover reusing things
We’ve a long way to go, but it’s a start. I love your heart and gnome gravatar.
Brilliant repurposing. I recently read of a Brazilian artist who turns old tires into pet beds for the local homeless dogs and cats. https://pawpulous.com/2020/01/15/a-brazilian-man-turns-old-tires-into-comfy-beds-for-local-strays-/
What a great idea!
We have tyres to dispose of and my husband is threatening to put them in the garden. I never, ever thought to paint them (my objection being that they are black and ugly). Even without children, it’s a lovely idea, so thanks for sharing!
I hope by now you’ve had those paint brushes or spray cans out…
It is wonderful to see such a peaceful and colourful use for old tyres – here they tend to be burnt as part of violent protests against the lack of service delivery.
That sounds toxic!
How cute are these? Half tempted to go looking for spare tyres. No…not that kind!
Bold colours and smiling faces make all the difference, either way.
Love those snappy planters! Not hard at all to understand how they perk up a neighborhood.
I have back alley envy.
I’ve never seen tires put to such a creative use. They’re wonderful! Every now and then they pull old tires from the ditches around our refuges. I’m going to pass this one and suggest that this sort of repurposing would be just the ticket, especially since there are programs at the refuges involving children, and these could be great projects — with any necessary adult help, of course.
That would be a great project.
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