Witney timber company donates wood offcuts to local charity

Stewart Milne Timber

Stewart Milne Timber Systems has donated timber offcuts to local Witney charity, Guideposts Trust, in a first step in the organisation’s new charity partnership.

Guideposts Outdoor Wellbeing Hub received its first delivery of wood from the UK’s leading offsite timber frame manufacturer last month, which will be used in gardening and woodwork classes at Guideposts Dig ‘n’ Grow service for adults with learning difficulties, as well as Guideposts Dreamcatchers Forest School for young people with additional needs.

As the partnership continues, the donated wood from the Witney company will be used to make raised beds for Dig ‘n’ Grow attendees to grow plants, flowers and vegetables; as well as in woodworking classes which help to develop skills such as dexterity while providing the opportunity for participants to connect with nature.

‘Insect hotels’ created by Guideposts Trust members using donated wood from local company, Stewart Milne Timber Systems.Stewart Milne Timber Systems ’ construction process results in roughly 1.6 thousand tonnes of timber offcuts, a natural result of offsite manufacturing methods and, as a company, Stewart Milne Timber Systems has always had an environmental conscience, ensuring that all of its excess material is recycled. In this way, it contributes to the current government aim for the UK to become carbon neutral by 2050.

Shelley Benwell, Marketing Manager, Stewart Milne Timber Systems, said: “Not only are we are committed to recycling the offcuts produced from our timber systems as we work towards reducing environmental impacts, we also believe in supporting the local community and those who live and work within it.”

Tania Kirby, Senior Fundraiser for Guideposts said: “It’s always great to get backing from local businesses who share our values, and SMTS have been very generous in providing materials for our classes and workshops which aim to engage adults and young people in the area in planting, woodwork, nature crafts and cooking, all in a safe and social setting.”