Shed­ders wing it with bird boxes

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

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.

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