Farm’s education centre opens doors for students

The first students to study at Whirlow Hall Farm's educational centre are pictured outside the new building which includes 14 internal doors donated by JELD-WEN.
The first students to study at Whirlow Hall Farm's educational centre are pictured outside the new building which includes 14 internal doors donated by JELD-WEN.
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A NEW educational centre at Whirlow Hall Farm has received a welcome boost with the donation of materials from a door manufacturing company.

Jeld-Wen at Woodhouse Mill has handed over 14 of its internal plywood doors, following a request from building contractor JF Finnegan.

They are being used in the charity’s new educational building where a new diploma in environmental and land-based studies will be taught.

JF Finnegan’s construction manager Tom Charles said: “Jeld-Wen is our preferred supplier of doors and, as a local company, we hoped that they would be able to supply to the charity for free.

“We were delighted when they agreed to giving the product free of charge, which has helped to reduce construction costs.”

The charity has been based in Sheffield for more than 30 years, working with inner city children and young people with special needs or disabilities.

More than 250,000 children have visited the farm over the years to learn about caring for the environment and where our food comes from.

Joan Ward, head of fundraising at Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, said: “We are extremely grateful for Jeld-Wen’s generous support which has enabled us to keep our building costs down.

“In the present economic climate this is particularly appreciated, as it allows funds to be released to support our core activity of providing a unique environmental and educational experience to over 10,000 children each year.”

Chris Miller of Jeld-Wen said: “We try to give something back to our local community and to support projects that benefit young people or the environment.”