Shedders wing it with bird boxes
MEMBERS of a Men in Sheds group were invited to Shepperton Studios to nail up their very first handmade bird box, using wood from the studios.
The ‘shedders’ from the Shepperton group, based at the Greeno Centre, rely on wood donations to keep up with the influx of requests from local residents, charities and family.
With so much wood being used at both Pinewood and Shepperton Studios, they offered to keep their supply topped up with off-cuts of material no longer needed by the Carpenters Mill at Pinewood Creative.
Men in Sheds is a national organisation with 299 open sheds, 97 in development and an average of three new sheds opened a week.
The Shepperton group was started by Phil Mackenzie and Richard Edgar in June 2015 and they are based in a converted garage creating anything from garden trellises, bird boxes and bat boxes to bookshelves, tables and even a set of stocks.
Laurens Nockles, director of Pinewood Creative, said: “The Carpenters Mill recycles a substantial amount of wood on a weekly basis. We couldn’t be happier for the Men in Sheds to make use of materials we won’t use again or don’t need.
“The fact that they are making bird boxes for Shepperton Studios and Bat Boxes for an event at Pinewood Studios in July makes it feel like we are not only helping the Shedders, but also giving back to the community.
“We will continue to supply wood to them for as long they’re happy to make wonderful wood things in their Shed for anyone based in and around the Pinewood Shepperton Studios area.”
The Studio Operations and Sustainability Teams at Shepperton Studios invited Richard Edgar, Phil Mackenzie and Keith Coles from Men in Sheds to the studios on May 24 to nail up the very first bird box made for the studios with wood which came from Pinewood Creative.
Richard Edgar, Olivia Beale, Phil Mackenzie, Keith Coles, Dean Horne, Hannah Gonsalves, Jamie Ashworth Horne, Hannah Gonsalves and Jamie Ashworth with the first bird box at Shepperton Studios.