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Champion Timber Weybridge support local college


The Brooklands College sensory garden, in progress.
The Brooklands College sensory garden, in progress.

The Weybridge branch of timber merchants Champion Timber is supporting its local college with a special project.

Brooklands College, which is minutes away from the branch, is currently in the throes of creating a sensory garden for the supported learning department.

Students from the bricklaying and carpentry courses are creating the garden with the support of their tutors Christian Hatherall-Good (brickwork) and Jonathan Cooper (carpentry) and Andrew Barrett (department technician) as well as from local suppliers including Champion Timber. Champion have supplied the college with decking, landscaping timber, screen fencing and fixtures.

The sensory garden gives the students a solid opportunity to develop and enhance their skills by working on something that will in turn benefit the young people in the supported learning department.

Kevin Simper, Branch Manager of Champion Timber Weybridge, said:

“As a new business in Weybridge, we are really keen to support the local community and young people. The college approached us asking for discounted timber for the new garden and we were, of course, more than happy to oblige. We also gave the students some freebies such as tape measures, t-shirts and mugs.”

Andrew Barrett, Technician of the Construction department at Brooklands College, commented:

“It’s been a logistical challenge to organise all the materials for the project, but with help from our suppliers and students we have gotten off to a flying start.”

Christian Hatherall-Good, Brickwork Tutor at Brooklands College, added:

“The support we’ve had from local companies has been great. They’ve all been very generous and I’m proud of the students for pulling this project together. We are very excited to get the garden finished so that everyone can enjoy the fruits of our labour.”

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Fiona Russell-Horne
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