A Shropshire fire station has found a novel way to recycle old fire helmets by turning them into hanging baskets.

A bit of compost and a few blooms with holes drilled into the bottom of the bright yellow helmets has created an eye catching floral display to brighten up the outside of Market Drayton fire station.

The idea came from Watch Manager Mark Smith, who has a family tradition as an “on call” firefighter to look after the rural fire station. Both his father and uncle were also watch managers at the station and his brother is a firefighter too.

“It is a rather apt choice of containers and I hope people like the splash of colour added to brighten up the station,” said Mark, who made the planters.

Market Drayton residents praised the “lovely” idea for the market town’s fire station.

“They look fab. I noticed them and just had to giggle. Great idea,” said Tracie Davies.

Emma Jones added: “It looks brilliant. Well done.”