Paddington Farm Trust’s pallet classroom

paddington-farm2Somerlap is always keen to support local initiatives, and we have been pleased to help Paddington Farm Trust build a temporary classroom out of wooden pallets.

About Paddington Farm

Paddington Farm is a charitable trust and social enterprise in Glastonbury. In addition to being a working farm, they offer educational activities to promote environmental responsibility. Children from disadvantaged urban areas can visit to experience farm life and learn more about where their food comes from. To help deliver this educational experience, the farm needed a classroom.

While the Trust raises funds to build a large barn, a temporary classroom is being built using a variety of unusual materials including old tires, wood chips and Somerlap pallets!

Building the pallet classroom

Led by Robin Howell, Work began on the temporary classroom in October last year. The roof required 100 lightweight europallets and the veranda required a further 100, supplied by Somerlap at a reduced price. Robin is keeping us informed of his progress and has his own blog, which is updated regularly.

Robin commented, “The building is an example of what you can do with very simple materials, many of them recycled, very little skilled labour, and lots of experience and enthusiasm. The support of local companies like Somerlap is an important part of the network of help that makes these interesting little projects possible.”

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