The Dorset Reclaimed Wood Shop Project has won the Best Partnership award at the national Wood Recyclers’ Association Conference.
The awards, organised by letsrecycle.com, were held at the National Motorcycle Museum on 1 November 2011 which also celebrated the Wood Recyclers’ Association’s 10th Anniversary.
Dorset Reclaimed Wood Shop is a community wood recycling project, based on the Nuffield Industrial Estate. It represents a unique three way partnership between Borough of Poole, local charity Dorset Reclaim and the National Probation Service. The project was launched in April 2011 with the aim to save resources by reusing waste timber and to create a financially self-supporting, not for profit community business.
The Reclaimed Wood Shop is open to the public to purchase timber and wood products, such as bird tables, made from selected material discarded at the local Household Waste Recycling Centre. The workshop and wood shop provide a placement opportunity for offenders and volunteers and by reusing the waste wood, the environmental impact of disposal is greatly reduced.
Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Borough of Poole said: "This is a fantastic achievement for this relatively new project and I am very pleased that it has been recognised at a national level. By working in partnership great results have been accomplished not only to reuse waste wood but to provide an opportunity for offenders and volunteers.The quality of workmanship and enthusiasm of all involved in the project is to be commended."
The wood shop is open at Dorset Reclaim, 3 Didcot Road, Nuffield Industrial Estate. Opening hours are 9.30am-4.30pm Monday-Thursday and 9.30am-4pm Friday.