Crown Paints Donates Seating With A Difference to Gateshead

28th of May, 2012 Bookmark and Share

A SHELTERED accommodation scheme in the North East has been given a bench made out of hundreds of recycled paint containers.

The East Lea facility near Blaydon, run by The Gateshead Housing Company, received the unusual garden bench from Crown Paints.

Crown Paints made the donation so more residents could socialise and enjoy the gardens at the 18-flat complex.

The UK manufacturer makes the outdoor furniture as part of its Can Back scheme. Empty containers are diverted from landfill, cleaned and turned into high density plastic seating, tables and other garden features.

Christine Potts, East Lea’s sheltered housing estate officer, said: “The residents are really pleased with the bench. It’s a very sociable community at East Lea so it’s nice that they will be able to spend time out here enjoying the garden and each other’s company.

“It’s incredibly important to us that our residents are comfortable and happy and that they have as much opportunity as they want to socialise.

“This bench will help with those goals – as well as helping the environment.”

East Lea, on the Hole-in-the-Wall estate, is made up of self-contained flats for the over-60s. There are communal lounges, a 24-hour Care Call service and weekday warden services.

David Hope, specification sales manager for Crown Paints in the North East, said: “East Lea is a great facility and we hope the residents enjoy the bench.

“The Gateshead Housing Company is a very good customer of ours, so it’s nice to be able to help out in this way.

“The bench is made up of more than 400 paint containers, so it’s good to be doing our bit for the environment as well.”

Crown Paints has supplied paint and project advice to several Gateshead Housing Company refurbishment programmes, including at Bensham Court and St Cuthbert’s Court in Gateshead.
Jo Foster
Press release written by David Johnson, Shepherd PR. For more information, or to arrange pictures or interviews, please call 01335 368020 or email