Local carpenter donates bird boxes to DWT
Monday 26th October 2015
(Above) Wildlife goodies at the Chesil Centre © Vicky Ashby
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre has received a donation of nearly 100 items crafted from off-cuts of wood, by local carpenter, Barney Barker.
Items include stunning hedgehog boxes, doorstops, bat boxes, bug hotels, bird feeding stations and bird boxes. Each piece is completely unique and expertly crafted.
Barney has offered his creations to DWT free of charge
Barney is a retired master carpenter, based in Winton, who spent much of his time making kitchens and bespoke furniture. Now he has turned his hand using his skills to help wildlife conservation in Dorset by offering his wildlife home creations to DWT free of charge, and has made similar donations in the past to the DWT Urban Wildlife Centre in Corfe Mullen.
Some of them look more like works of art - no two items look the same
DWT Centre Assistant, Vicky Ashby said, “We couldn’t believe how many items Barney had donated – we were delighted when he turned up with them! They look more like works of art, and many of them have some lovely individual detail on the design, so that no two items look the same. It’s wonderful that Barney has made this donation, which will help wildlife in gardens, and the profits from the sales will go directly back into conservation work in Dorset.”
"I hope people who buy my work enjoy watching wildlife take up homes"
Carpenter, Barney Barker said, “I am very pleased to donate these to DWT so they can sell them to raise funds for conservation work in Dorset. I hope the people who buy my work enjoy watching wildlife take up homes in them in their gardens! I am always looking for off-cuts of wood, so would be grateful for any donations so I can continue my work.”
Can you help?
If you have any off-cuts of wood (preferably not pallets) please call Barney on 01202 547154.
How to get one for yourself... or as a Christmas gift!
Take a look at Barney’s donations and buy your own unique piece (prices start from £4) at The Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT4 9XE. The Bird Bonanza will be taking place at the centre throughout half term week, from 10am – 4pm daily, with kids’ craft activities and tips on making your garden bird friendly for the winter. The wildlife shop is also open if you want to make a start on your Christmas shopping – 100% of the profits go back into helping wildlife in Dorset.
For more information please contact Marc Smith or at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 206191 or Sally Welbourn on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is owned by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and leased to Dorset Wildlife Trust who run the Centre on behalf of a partnership including the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve and the Jurassic Coast Team, with the continued help of local volunteers. The building of the new centre and boardwalk was made possible by funding from a wide range of organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, the Fine Family Foundation, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chalk and Cheese and the Jurassic Coast Trust.
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