Take-off for schools offcut initiative29 June 2013
A Welsh joinery company that offered its offcuts for school woodworking classes was so overwhelmed with the response it is now appealing for other timber companies to donate.
The initiative started when Inwood (Cymru) Ltd of Rhyl was having a workshop clearout.
"We'd previously given offcuts to schools on a one-off basis but this time decided to advertise on line," said Bill Culshaw, who runs the business with his son Jon. "We were amazed at the response, but perhaps schools don't have access to this sort of material, or perhaps have smaller budgets for woodworking today."
After the project was picked up by ITV Wales, interest grew further and Inwood, having supplied three schools, now has 15 more waiting across Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy and Cheshire.
"We're appealing to other companies in the region to sign up to help by adding their name to the form on our website, which we will then distribute to schools," said Mr Culshaw. "We've already had interest from outside the region, so maybe this could go national!"
To join the initiative go to www.woodworkersuk.co.uk/free-wood-for-north-wales-schools.htm