Bottle corks are being reused to help orchids grow
HERE’S a corker of an idea from north of the border…Steve Scott, a senior horticulturist at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is recycling bottle corks to help plants such as orchids that thrive in a dry growing medium.
The 43-year-old, who works as a barman by night, has already used thousands of wine and whisky bottle corks in the past 18 months.
“The hardest part of the job has been manually cutting all the corks into pieces using secateurs. However, it has been worthwhile because the plants are thriving,” he said. “Some of the corks are mixed in with soil and compost, but for plants that grow in dry mediums I have solely used cork.’’