Hill Holt Wood
From left, Sandy Chambers, facilities and waste adviser; Mr John Clarke, associate director of estates and facilities management; Mr Adrian Garratt, building supervisor, all from LPFT; Mr Ben Wilson, head ranger at Hill Holt Wood; senior forest ranger Mr Nigel Webster; and Mr Ian Metheringham, a joiner at the project. Photograph: Contributed

Disused woodwork and joinery equipment has been given a new lease of life on a social enterprise woodland project.

It will be used by young people and others as they are taught new skills at Hill Holt Wood.

The project in Norton Disney offers a wide range of services, including education and training in woodland, countryside and forestry management.

It also provides nature-based therapeutic services for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities.

The equipment has been saved from becoming scrap metal thanks to a donation by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT).

The machines, previously used by the trust’s joinery team, had been dormant in a workshop, unused for several years.

The estates team decided to find a better home for the industrial saws, mortise machines, dust extraction system and other woodworking equipment, and looked at how to recycle or dispose of them in an environmentally-friendly way.

'Our trust strongly believes in sustainability'

The idea of gifting the equipment to Hill Holt Wood was suggested to Mr John Clarke, associate director of estates and facilities management at LPFT, by his daughter, Amy, who is on a training programme with the social enterprise.

Mr Clarke said: “We needed to clear our redundant workshop but we did not want to scrap all the machinery.

“We thought that there must be an organisation that could make good use of it.

“Amy suggested we approach Hill Holt Wood and we are pleased they were interested in taking the equipment off our hands and bringing it back to life in their workshop.

“Our trust strongly believes in sustainability, helping people to recover from mental ill health and giving our service users purpose in life by learning new skills and getting into a work environment.

“Supporting Hill Holt Wood is a perfect fit with our vision, as its training programme benefits many young people locally, including my daughter.”

Mr Ben Wilson, head ranger at Hill Holt Wood, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this donation. The equipment from LPFT is of a higher industrial level to what we had before.

“It will be used as part of our educational programme with young people.

“We will also use it in our sustainable design and alternative construction projects and for making products for sale, which helps us fund our activities.”