Offcuts bring pupils’ imagination to life

King Ecgberts teacher Tim Walker with some of the items made at the school using offcuts from Birley.
King Ecgberts teacher Tim Walker with some of the items made at the school using offcuts from Birley.
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From offcut to four poster bed - a Sheffield manufacturer is helping pupils turn imagination into reality.

City firm Birley sends waste MDF, chipboard and plywood to schools which are used for design and technology projects.

At King Ecgbert School in Dore, pupils built a four-poster bed and backdrops for an adaptation of the Railway Children.

“The support we get from Birley in terms of materials is fantastic”, says Tim Walker, design teacher. “You can’t really call the supplies offcuts, we often get large size pieces which are like full sheets for us.”

In 2009 the firm set up a ‘zero to landfill’ scheme, aimed at dramatically reducing its impact on the environment.