The great seat giveaway

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Lancashire are donating old seats from Old Trafford to local clubs. Around 30 clubs in the county have taken advantage of the offer to benefit their grounds.

Thousands of seats are being replaced in the development of Old Trafford in time for the coming season and Lancashire decided to recycle their old seats as part of their green agenda.

Burscough CC have taken away 170. "We will be spacing the seats around the boundary of our picturesque School Lane ground to further enhance the facilities on offer for spectators," said Burscough's ground development officer, Gordon Anderson.

Geoff Durbin, Lancashire's commercial director, was pleased to be able to find an innovative way of recycling their old seats. "This not only saves money for the local clubs but is also a more cost-effective way of removing the seats for Lancashire," he said. "We are hugely focused on our green agenda and this is a great example of how recycling can have significant benefits for everyone involved."

The scheme follows the ECB's commitment to making cricket ground "greener". In 2007 they began a co-ordinated effort to reduce carbon emissions at Test match grounds by 800 tonnes.