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The Commonwealth Games' giant hay bike munched by Warwickshire's cows

Leamington Editorial 4th Nov, 2022   0

COWS at farms across Warwickshire have had a wheely good meal.

They have been tucking in to the hay used to construct a giant bike during the Commonwealth Games cycling road races.

The men’s and women’s cycling races took place in Warwick back in August and at the time, organisers of Birmingham 2022 pledged to make this the first-ever carbon neutral Commonwealth Games.

And as a result, the hay to make the bike has been reused by local farmers to feed their livestock.




Positioned in Warwick Castle Farm Park field, behind the historic castle, the bike’s frame was made from 252 bales, with its wheels built from brightly coloured material to match the Commonwealth Games colours. It measured a colossal 50 by 30 metres along its length and height.

Coun Heather Timms, Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) spokesperson for environment, climate and culture, was delighted at the secondary use of the hay, pointing out that so much can be done to tackle the issues of climate change by changing consumption habits and reusing and recycling.


She continued: “It is lovely to see the county’s livestock enjoying the hay that was used in the construction of this temporary landmark. This is a nice step taken by our community to demonstrate how simply by reusing materials, it can save them from going to landfill.”

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