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Posted: 01/03/17

West Notts Woodworms work wonders

Making something out of nothing – that’s the theme which students at West Nottinghamshire College’s construction campus have taken on – and are reaping the rewards.

  • Students have been working creatively on a range of wooden goods
  • Bird boxes are the top selling product with West Notts Woodworms
  • From old pallets to bird tables recycling at its best

Level 1 carpentry and joinery, bricklaying, painting and decorating students have joined Level 2 brickwork learners for a recycling and sustainability challenge and over the last six months have made over £200.

The groups have been getting together on Wednesday mornings to work on producing wooden garden planters, bird boxes and bird tables, all made from recycled pallets.

Sixteen-year-old carpentry student Courtney Carter said: “I’ve been enjoying these sessions outside of our normal classes. We’ve sold quite a few bird tables and boxes and they were popular at the college’s Christmas market.

“It’s been good putting my joinery skills to a different use and we’ve got plenty made ready for the next college market at Easter."

Student experience officer Oliver Pate has been leading the group. He said: “This group has worked incredibly well. They really have made something from nothing and fully embraced the recycling challenge. They’ve shown just what creative products can be crafted from scrap.

“They’re getting to put other skills into practice such as marketing, reinvesting and the pitfalls of making your own product from scratch. I’ve been delighted with how enthusiastically they’ve all worked together as a group.”

Bird boxes cost £6 each and the bird tables cost just £20 each and can be pre-ordered by contacting Oliver at oliver.pate@wnc.ac.uk