Orton Christmas display from Up the Garden Bath celebrates collaboration


The Christmas display from Up the Garden Bath is in Orton Southgate (Photo: Supplied)

The display, installed on December 12 at Bakewell Road in Orton Southgate, was created to celebrate Up the Garden Bath's first year as an community interest company. It will remain in place until January 6.

Kez Hayes-Palmer, spokesperson for Up the Garden Bath, said: "It's been a difficult year for everyone and we really wanted to end the year in style by creating something amazing that would put a smile on peoples faces & lift their spirits.

"Our project focuses on bringing organisations together in a collaborative way to reduce waste and encourages people to reuse, repurpose and recycle. Many local businesses share our aim and we wanted to include everyone who has helped us on our journey this year, their support is really appreciated."

Dave Poulton, co-founder of Up the Garden Bath, added: "We only registered as an organisation in February of this year and despite the unexpected difficulties and hurdles for small businesses in 2020 we have had an amazingly successful year.

"When I sat down and did my business plan last December I couldn't have predicted a world wide pandemic that would close our target markets of schools, community centres and care homes. 

"We have been helped and supported by so many local businesses and organisations who share our ethos and believe in what we are trying to achieve and we wanted to recognise everyone who has helped us."

Brightfield Business Hub has supported the community company through its first year and was subsequently chosen to host the Santa and his sleigh display to acknowledge all the help given.

Other local organisations were also invited to get involved - Allbright Property Management, City College Peterborough and Hampton Handy Crafts have all taken part so far, creating quick and easy Christmas trees from pallets to accompany the main display.

The display was created from an old bathtub donated by D.Brown Builders and used decking donated by LJ Landscapes.

Kez continued: "They then used an old pallet crate supplied by 4Aluminium Ltd and wood donated by EF Engineering and Riverford Organic Ltd to complete the project.

"This was a truly collaborative project and we were delighted to also be able to include our friends Isaac from IE Woodworks and Tyler from The Hackspace. We were kindly donated recycled paint by paint upcycling specialists Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network (CCoRRN) and soil from British Sugar."

Dave finished: "We don't rest on our laurels and we hope our latest project will act as a springboard to bigger things. We have been lucky enough to have forged strong, ongoing working relationship with local communities and organisations. 

"We hope that these partnerships and our eagerness to collaborate with other organisations will help us achieve our ultimate goal of having one of our educational, upcycled bathtub planters installed into every school in Peterborough and surrounding areas".

Anybody interested in adding their own creation to the Christmas display in the run up to Christmas should get in touch with Up the Garden Bath via email.