Workers make new attraction out of old toys

Robert Elder and Peter Smith. Picture by George McLuskie

Robert Elder and Peter Smith. Picture by George McLuskie

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Staff at Pittenweem Recycling Centre are used to helping people sort through stuff they are throwing away to try to keep it out of landfill.

So when two dolls’ houses turned up at the centre last December, Rab Elder and Peter Smith thought it was a shame to see them end up in the rubbish skip.

It’s something that everyone stops and has a look at and the kids like to see it.

“Other centres do bits and pieces and we had an area where we grew vegetables so we thought we’d use the houses to make a bit of a feature,” said recycling attendant Rab.

However, without the restrictions of ‘town planning’ the workers soon found their imaginations getting a bit of help from other toys and bits and pieces being thrown away.

Now they have a ‘village’ which has become a talking point with visitors dropping off at the centre on the edge of Pittenweem.

“With Pittenweem being a fishing village we thought it would be good to make it a fishing village too so there’s a harbour with water and boats,” Rab said.

As our picture shows, the pair have really gone to town.

There are four house amidst plush planting, a gravel drive, complete with sports cars, tractors in green fields, and a railway running along the back - all created from items being thrown away.

“We did ask the council if they could help with the planting but were told there was no budget for it so we decided just to do it all ourselves,” Rab said.

“It’s something that everyone stops and has a look at and the kids like to see it.”

But it is not just the youngsters - TV comedy show Still Game’s Greg Hemphill, who has a home in the East Neuk, dropped by lately and was just as taken with the creation.

However, like any town, the mini-village is not without crime.

“We used to have more house but two were stolen,” Rab said. “We’ve now put concrete in the others.”

And they also have their own residents - mice!