A new craft workshop at Home Farm in Croxteth Park is transforming unwanted items from social housing landlords into ornaments, bric-a-bac and even cattle and pig sheds.
Adults with learning difficulties have been enlisted to help create the pieces, which are available to buy onsite, from raw materials such as broken furniture, old doors and fence panels.
The new programme, managed by Neighbourhood Services Company Ltd (NSC), 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 expects it will have diverted 360 tonnes of domestic waste wood from landfill via prevention, re-use and recycling.
Lisa Jennions, NSC Manager, says: “The project is extremely popular with visitors and the garden ornaments are flying out of the craft shop; it’s great to see new life breathed into what was previously ‘waste’ wood. We would like to encourage visitors to come and pay us a visit and see the wonderful things that can be done with waste materials.”
As well as the work at the craft shop, the funding is also being used to enhance the farm and will see more cattle and pig sheds built to improve the welfare of animals.
Councillor Graham Morgan, chair of Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA), adds: “It’s great to see this funding being put to such a productive use.
“There is so much to the place – it’s a real community facility with all sorts happening such as education, training, visitor experiences, enhancements to the local environment and of course not to mention the livelihood of the many animals on site. Diverting timber material that may have ended in landfill is the cherry on the cake.”