In a world where railway sleepers, wheelbarrows, drinking troughs and milk churns are considered the height of shabby, eco-friendly chic, it comes as no surprise that reclaimed scaffold boards have joined this re-purposing and recycling trend. You have only to search on Pinterest to find a host of cost-effective and, I must say, attractive projects, from shelving and bookcases, to tables and worktops. Humble reclaimed scaffold boards are in! Gilray Plant’s board grading process rejects around 5% of the total throughput as being not suitable for use on scaffolding. Some of these will have a defect at one end which means that they can be cut to a smaller size and re-graded – but what happens to the rest? Some will be scrapped, others will be sold on for use in other construction-related projects, and a few will end up in the hands of some very creative people such as a beautiful pergola was built out of Gilray reject boards, giving a sheltered outdoor living space and creating visual interest, as well as a habitat for creeping plants, such as vines. If you’re looking for hardwearing flooring, a scaffold board is perfect for this type or project, if you are willing to go through the effort of cutting, plaining, sanding, staining and treating them. They can be left untreated for outdoor use for a more natural appearance. Indoors, it’s a more complex project in terms of matching the user-friendliness of pre-made and pre-stained boards so patience and craft is required if you can’t find a company willing to do it for you. At this time, there don’t appear to be many companies specialising in providing these services, so that might be a great start-up for the enterprising!