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Community skills workshop hailed a ‘blooming’ success

Community is at the heart of everything we do at Pave Aways – which is why we took our team and their tools to Baschurch for a special workshop this month.

Held in partnership with Baschurch Village Hall Trust committee, our Build a Planter event saw three new planters built from recycled wooden pallets.

Pave Aways training manager Michelle Benjamin said: “This was a really fun event. Villagers attending were taught some basic carpentry skills and techniques and then under the guidance of our team set to work on constructing the planters.

“The workshop helped to bring the community together to learn new skills, including using hand and power tools. We’re looking forward to seeing the planters full of colourful blooms next year.

“We were delighted to welcome our VIP participant, Nicola De Sousa, the Central Director from the Federation of Master Builders. We’re looking forward to working with the Federation on future projects too.”

Michelle thanked carpenter Chris Peever and apprentice carpenter Lloyd Hart for leading the workshop where participants were also joined by Pave Aways managing director Steven Owen.

Emma Owen, committee member for Baschurch Village Hall Trust, added: “The committee of the Baschurch Village Hall Trust are very grateful to Pave Aways for arranging the construction of three lovely new planters.

“They will look wonderful on our new patio when planted, especially come springtime. Not only has the workshop allowed for carpentry skills to be taught to the attending volunteers but has also helped to bring those volunteers in our community closer.

“We are trying to become more environmentally friendly at the hall and the fact that our planters have been made from reused pallets helps to promote and reinforce this aim.”