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29.07.04
Grants help furniture maker's dream come true

Woodland Plus has helped Stoke Climsland man, Barry Mays, realise his dream of creating specialist furniture using timber from local woodlands and hedgerows.

Barry is one of 25 people currently signed up with the Woodland Plus project, a partnership initiative funded through a Jobcentre Plus European Social Fund co-financing initiative and the environmental charity, Silvanus Trust. Woodlands Trust has provided a wage subsidy and a training budget, which has enabled

Barry to develop his designs and find a market for his products.
Barry said: "What I do is really exciting. Every chair is different, as I don't know what will be possible until I find the wood. Everything I make is a personal creation and I don't see it so much as a piece of furniture but as a work of art."

Silvanus coordinator, Will Frost says: "This project has helped a wide variety of people to access work in the timber industry, including forestry contractors, tree surgeons, saw-millers, joiners and furniture, cabinet and basket makers."

There are just 10 places still available so businesses interested in taking on new staff should speak to Will at the Silvanus Trust on 01579 372100.

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Sue Wolstenholme
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