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Youngsters provide homes for feathery friends

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Published by Craig Downs for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities

Youngsters from Nettlesworth Community Centre make bird boxes thanks to local developer, Keepmoat Youngsters from Nettlesworth Community Centre make bird boxes thanks to local developer, Keepmoat

Youngsters in Chester-le-Street were shown how make bird boxes as part of ‘National Nest Box Week’, which aims to increase the number of suitable nesting spaces for birds.

The youngsters aged between 5 and 15 from Nettlesworth Community Centre were shown how to build a bird box during a health & safety visit by national housing and regeneration specialist, Keepmoat.

Keepmoat is currently carrying out refurbishment external works to the roofs, chimneys, fascias and soffits of properties owned by local housing provider, Cestria Community Housing.  The work involves the use of scaffolding and the company organised the visit, which included a safety presentation and DVD, to highlight the dangers of scaffolding and playing in and around building sites. 

The presentation was followed up by a bird box project, with Keepmoat’s subcontractors, Springs Roofing supplying and cutting the wood and Hayton & Lamb providing the nails and hinges.

Julie Milne, Resident Liaison Officer from Keepmoat, said: “Before starting the external works, we visited the local school and delivered a health & safety assembly.  We wanted to engage with some of the older children from the community so we arranged to visit the local community centre, which is also the base for our site team.

“It is really important that children understand construction sites can be dangerous places and the talk helped to get that message across.  In return, we involved our sub-contractors to demonstrate how to make up the boxes and then assisted them while they had a go themselves.

“All the children thoroughly enjoyed the event and now that they have been painted, our joiners will be putting the bird boxes up in the area just in time for nesting season.”

Lisa Coverdale, Customers Relationship Manager at Cestria Community Housing, said: “I would like to thank Keepmoat and their contractors for taking the time to meet with the children to highlight the dangers of construction sites.

“Not only did this help to get the message across but it also helped them to engage in something practically by building bird next boxes, which will now be displayed within the community and is a great example of engaging with the local community.”

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