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Students create a new wooden arch for Saltash woodland

Published: November 30, 2016

Cornwall College Saltash 16-18

Carpentry students from Cornwall College Saltash have worked in partnership with Saltash Parish Council to build an oak arch for the entrance of Ewell Woods.

Saltash benefits from a new two acre woodland space and orchard at Ewell. This was created alongside the main project, led by the Saltash Waterfront Residents Association (SWRA), to build and install the Cornish Celtic Cross on the outskirts of Saltash, funded by money from the Big Lottery, Cornwall Council and Saltash Town Council.

Cornwall College Saltash was approached to help with the final piece of the jigsaw; to design and build a suitable entrance arch to the woods, funded by the original project budget.

Chairman of SWRA, Liam Bradley, said: “The team from the Technology department at Cornwall College Saltash did a fantastic job in designing, building and installing the new entrance arch to Ewell Woods. It looks superb and fits in very well with its rustic surroundings.”

Level 2 Carpentry student, Tom Palmer, said: “This was a great work experience for us to complete. I really enjoyed the task; it was good to work with oak wood. We learnt new health and safety issues around working with wood, how to set out curve work and make templates for the wording. It was great working as a team. I am really enjoying the course and would definitely recommend it to others.”

Curriculum Lead for Technology at Cornwall College Saltash, Jamie Rowley, said: “I would like to thank our Carpentry lecturer Roger Edgecombe and his students for producing the archway to such high standards. It was a very challenging project which saw them work on their teamwork, communication and problem solving skills. I would also like to thank Saltash Parish Council, it has been great working in collaboration with them and it would be great to work in partnership with them again.”

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