We are proud to be working in partnership with Canterbury City Council and Serco on a new and exciting sustainability scheme.
Occasionally, a tree must be felled in one of the Canterbury City Council owned parks or gardens. When this happens, a machine called a Woodmizer is used to cut and plank the large tree trunks into different thicknesses and sizes. At the Fifth Trust, the tree is crafted into wood furniture by skilled carpenters working alongside students in the day centre. Handmade items such as picnic tables and benches, or other bespoke products are created, giving the tree a new lease of life.
Picnic tables and benches that are made at The Fifth Trust are put back into the Canterbury City Council owned parks and gardens for members of the public to use and enjoy. This sustainability scheme is a great way to recycle wood that, until recently, has only had firewood value. Our involvement as a day centre is to create a new activity for the students who attend each day, as students are involved in the project from start to finish. Students are given the opportunity to work with the wood; sanding, staining, and then helping to deliver the product when completed. All profits received by the Fifth Trust are used to enhance the facilities offered to adults with learning disabilities and who attend each day.
All our products are built to last because we only use good quality timber from our local timber merchant.
Creating opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.