A LIVERPOOL farm has come up with a practical way to re-use unwanted wood and timber. Home Farm – part of the Croxteth Park estate – is taking fence panels, broken furniture, old doors and door frames from registered social landlord properties and transforming them into brand new home and garden ornaments, bric-a-brac and even cattle and pig sheds. A recently opened craft workshop at the farm has enlisted the help of adults with learning difficulties to transform the raw materials into new products, through fully supported therapeutic employment activities. The items are available to buy in the Craft Shop at the farm. Similarly, a new training programme has also been introduced – Crafting with Recycled Materials – which is delivered to local residents, community groups and schools which will feature practical demonstrations of recycling and re-use. The project is managed by Neighbourhood Services Company Ltd (NSC) and has been awarded £18,408 from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2017/18 in a bid to stop materials unnecessarily going to landfill. By the end of the project, NSC expect they will have:
- Diverted 360 Tonnes of domestic waste wood from landfill via prevention, re-use and recycling.
- Created 2.5 full time jobs and safeguarded 7.5 full time jobs.
- Delivered a therapeutic employment programme for 26 adults with learning difficulties.
- Engaged directly with 1,500 individuals.
- Developed the Craft Shop re-using an existing barn to sell items made from the waste wood.
- More cattle and pig sheds built to improve the welfare of animals.
- Wood shavings and sawdust collected and integrated into livestock bedding.
- Paths in visitor areas laid with wood chippings.
- Waste wood materials used to provide signage, information boards and seating.