Tamworth-based builder helps Staffordshire rural centre’s weaving workshop

Tuesday, 20th November 2018

A TAMWORTH-based housebuilder is donating almost £300 to buy wooden double doors for a Staffordshire charity’s new willow weaving workshop.

Bellway West Midlands, which has its regional head office in Tamworth, is handing over £277 to cover the cost of the doors for Oak Tree Farm Rural Project.

Oak Tree Farm is situated on a 15-acre smallholding near Hilderstone and is part of the Harrowby Estate of Sandon.

Marie Richards, Sales Director for Bellway West Midlands, said: “We are delighted to be able to step in and help out such a valuable venture.

“At Bellway we are committed to working with the local community and helping excellent local projects such as Oak Tree Farm.”

David Moreton, general manager of Oak Tree Farm Rural Project, said: “We are grateful to Bellway for buying these doors for us.

“The new willow weaving workshop is an important addition to Oak Tree and we are very excited about it.”

Oak Tree Farm provides training and supported occupation for adults with learning disabilities in a peaceful rural environment.

The 32-year-old project provides opportunities, support and encouragement for people to learn new skills and to improve their existing ones.

Staff strive to find sheltered employment for people for whom this is appropriate while giving purposeful occupation to others.

Primarily a horticultural unit growing plants, cut flowers and vegetables, the farm also has beef cattle, poultry and small animals.

There are craft and work rooms along with farm buildings, greenhouses and polytunnels.

Oak Tree Farm also boasts a fully-equipped, purpose-built pottery, workshop and computer room. For more information visit http://www.oaktreefarm.uk.net/.