Old bins used for hedgehog homes
email@example.com Window cleaner Mark Foster has come up with a unique use for his dustbin now he no longer needs it.
He has cut it in half and turned it into two hedgehog houses.
He was inspired to do it after disturbing a nest of hedgehogs behind his shed.
“I think this is a great idea for our unwanted dustbins now we have wheelie bins,” said Mr Foster, of Greenside, High Halden.
“I felt so guilty about disturbing the nest behind my shed that I went online to look for hedgehog houses.
“You can pay up to £50 for one, but then I had a brainwave of using my old dustbin.”
In a matter of an hour, Mr Foster had two bins.
He cut his in half, put the lid down as a base and upended the bin on top of it, with a hedgehog size hole cut in the side for a door. The plastic bits left over have made a porch.
“You are not supposed to put in a lining because they like to do that themselves,” he said.
“It doesn’t cost anything and with all the unwanted dustbins, we could have hedgehog houses all over the place.
“I have placed mine at the bottom of my garden, in a quiet place which is quite dark, supported it with bricks, rubble and logs so the fox can’t get to it and then thrown a load of compost over the top. Hey presto, the hedgehog has her own house for breeding and hibernation.
“Hedgehogs are very territorial, so if you see one in your garden it is likely if you build them a house that they may settle.”
The mother disturbed by Mr Foster had made her nest in a plastic sheet behind his shed.
“She always nests behind the shed, but not in the plastic sheet,” he said. “I grabbed the sheet to pull it out and saw the babies. Unfortunately, she abandoned them and they died.
“I love hedgehogs and felt very guilty about disturbing them.”
A spokesman for Ashford council said it was not collecting dustbins that were now unwanted because of the introduction this week of the borough’s new waste collection and recycling system.
“We would encourage peo- ple to try and re-use them,” she said. “Making a hedgehog house sounds like a great idea.
“They can be offered to recycling websites or to allotments where they can be used to store water.
“As a last resort, they can be taken to the rubbish and recycling centre at Cobbs Wood.”
Can you think of any other unusual uses for unwanted dustbins? Send your suggestions to Kentish Express, 34-36 North Street, Ashford TN24 8JR or email kentishexpress@thekmgroup. co.uk
Mark Foster with the hedgehog houses he has made from old plastic dustbins