I was wandering around the grounds of Durham Cathedral with my sister and her partner today when I came across this skip full of office chairs. There must have been at least 30 of them. They looked in remarkably good condition but had just been thrown on top on some of some builders rubble and were already stained by the rain.
I don't know which of us was the most angry. My sister also pointed out that as well as local recycling initiatives that would have found a home for the chairs, there were three local prisons in the area with workshops dedicated to repairing and renovating old items.
You can't help but wonder what the builders and craftsmen who created the cathedral, its beautiful carved stone, intricate carpentry and wonderful paintings, would have made of this waste? Can you imagine them chucking away the pews for want of nail or a lick of paint?