Picnic bench plea as Redditch Sheds launch major upcycling drive - The Redditch Standard
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20th Aug, 2022

Picnic bench plea as Redditch Sheds launch major upcycling drive

BIG hearted members of Redditch Community Sheds are looking for unloved outdoor benches to upcycle.

The Britten Street-based band of men and women have been busy making a difference by tackling a variety of jobs across Redditch.

Planters have been built to make gardening easier for senior citizens and they even helped construct frames for the scenery at last month’s hugely successful Easter pantomime at Ipsley School.

A new venture is giving young people at risk of becoming homeless tips on DIY.

“We’re doing this through Redditch Nightstop,” said Roly Duke of Redditch Community Sheds, which last year was a awards a Lottery grant.

“Nightstop is teaching them how to cook and manage things for themselves while we’re giving them some help on tackling DIY tasks.”

The group is currently working with Batchley First School providing help towards creating a ‘forest school’.

“They got in touch about their forest school and we went down and took a look and we decided on putting in some benches in first,” said Roly.

“We’re now working on a long bench for them with a planter at the end.

“We’re then going to make a sitting area with a canopy so the children can get their wellies on and off if it’s raining.”

Sheds have also built planters and raised beds for residents at Wood Court on Birchfield Road and St David’s in Batchley.

“Anyone who has any benches or whatever to upcycle please get in touch,” said Roly.

He can be contacted on 07980 374617.

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