He kindly thought I might like it for the garden. He was right!...I started thinking up all kinds of combinations I could plant it with, but didn't settle on anything. A couple of days later we went to a local garden fair where we met an enthusiastic organic fruit tree seller and suddenly it became clear what the milk churn was destined for.
We don't have a large garden and what we do have is on the side of a stony cliff/hill. We have planted one apple tree here, which struggles on, but there was certainly no more room for another, and we do so love apples fresh from the tree. Milk churn planter to the rescue!
The apple tree man was fairly sceptical about planting one of his trees in such a vessel, but he came round to the idea and gave us a fair few tips in the end (like how much drainage was needed - a lot, and pruning suggestions).
The piccies show the churn's transformation from rust bucket (well almost) to home of our sacred russet apple tree.