Trunk Call To South Devon Residents

25th April, 2013
Galliford Try, the contractor behind the construction of the South Devon Link Road, has launched a competition today to establish a use for the wood felled during the construction process.

Every effort has been made during the early stages of construction to ensure that where trees along the route have been felled, as much as possible of the wood has been recycled.

The removal of the large pine trees has now been completed with the remaining trunks kept in safe storage and Galliford Try is now offering the community the chance to say what should happen to the remaining wood.

A few suggestions have included turning them into sculptures or street furniture for local residents to enjoy, but Galliford Try is keen to hear of other ideas on how this wood could be used in a productive way for the local community.

Galliford Try has been able to distribute many of the smaller trees to local residents to use for logs for firewood, helping with the cost of fuel through the cold winter.

The wood chippings have also been put to good use by some local schools and residents and even Paignton Zoo was able to make use of them as the charitable trust was given a quantity of chippings to use in their animal enclosures.

There are five trunks in total, which are between three and four feet in diameter and up to seven feet long. Galliford Try will make a reasonable contribution to assist with bringing the winning suggestion to life once the final decision has been made.

The SDLR Community Liaison Group, set up to provide a link between the main agencies and local residents and commuters to discuss aspects of the SDLR?s construction, will consider the suggestions and will select the most worthy and practical projects.

Please email your suggestions to  The closing date for suggestions is 6th May 2013.