I don't get to wear my wellies as much as I'd like, but when I do, you'll be pleased to know that I've not opted for polka dots or stripes. Instead, my trusty green, comfortable pair come with me when I get out and about to the RSPB's nature reserves, and they are as stylish as needs be!

Wellington boots used to last a lifetime. But thanks to the likes of Kate Moss and her festival pals wearing them as their fashion item of choice, it's out with the old and in with the new much more frequently nowadays.

But instead of simply throwing them away, festival-goers, gardeners and fashionistas are being urged to put their worn-out wellies to good use by donating them to an RSPB nature reserve.

Saltholme, the RSPB's wildlife reserve and discovery park near Middlesbrough, is appealing for old wellies to use for autumn and early winter activities.

Donated wellies will  be turned into mini gardens, used to guide visitors around the wildlife reserve, and a host of other ingenious uses.

Visitors to the site will be able to test their arm in the welly-wanging arena (now that's a phrase that you need to type with care), post a wildlife wish on the Welly Wish Tree and check on the waterproof qualities of their wellies by stomping through the specially-constructed welly-splash.

So anyone who can bear to part with their wellies in the knowledge that they'll be going to a good home, can take them along or post them to the wildlife reserve and discovery park.

I can just picture my size elevens transformed now; some nice primroses, a bit of heather, and maybe even a trail of ivy coming out of the hole in the toe...