5 Mar 2018

Wiltshire College students to benefit from wood donation

Construction crafts students at Wiltshire College are set to benefit from the donation of a wide range of wood materials by GreenSquare.

College representatives visited the company's Methuen Park headquarters in Chippenham to collect doors, kitchen worktops, skirting and a large volume of useful cuts of wood – as well as some fixtures and fittings.

The idea of donating the materials to the college came from joiner Steve Hardwidge. Steve had been busy clearing his workshop as GreenSquare prepared to close its supply centre – and he prepared to leave the company after nearly 20 years of service.

Steve said: "I really didn't want all of this to end up going in a skip! Over the years I've had three apprentices from the college work alongside me, and I thought students on the course could definitely put the materials to good use."

Steve Ditchburn from Wiltshire College's Construction Crafts/Building Services department was delighted to accept the offer of the wood.

He said: "Our learner range covers full-time level one carpentry and joinery, full-time level two site carpentry – and apprentices covering level two site carpentry and level two and three bench joinery.

"Timber and materials are used constantly through the learners' training tasks at all levels, and these materials will enrich their learning and be put to very good use. So a big thank you to Steve Hardwidge and GreenSquare!"

Pictured: Steve Ditchburn (left) and Mark Aserman (right) from Wiltshire College, with Steve Hardwidge (centre).