A Yorkshire farmer is reaping the benefits of recycling old car tyres and preserving the countryside at the same time.
Eric Swiers, who owns Woodhouse Farm on the outskirts of York, shreds old tyres into rubber chips and then sells them on to equestrian centres and gallops around the country.
The rubber chips do not freeze which makes them an ideal, year-round, all-weather surface for horses.
The business, run by Mr Swiers daughter Rowena Grainger, is already proving a huge success with the chips being dispatched all over the country.
The father and daughter team hit on the idea when they had to find a use for nearly eight acres of redundant land. The disposal of old tyres has been a controversial issue since it became illegal to dump them in landfill sites, so they invested in chipping machinery and reaped the benefits.
Mrs Grainger, who runs EW Swiers and R Grainger Tyre Disposal and Rubber Chip, said: ‘We have been getting three times as many tyres as we thought we would.’
But there is still more potential to be farmed out of the enterprise. Mrs Grainger added: ‘A lot of people are still not aware that tyres cannot go to landfill anymore and we are trying to get the message out.’