Young locals build bespoke table for community Skip Garden at Kings Cross

Budding Builders

Students on one of our 4 week Budding Builders Carpentry course were tasked with building a bespoke dining table made from 400 year old Baltic Pine from Kings Cross Granary, just behind Kings Cross Station.   

This carpentry course was funded by Camden Council ‘Build Brighter Futures’ in partnership with Kings Cross Construction training centre, who provided the location for the course and Global Generation who invited the Trust and the students to build the table. 8 young people, mostly locals from the ages of 17-30 took part in the course, all of whom completed the OCN London Level 1 Health and Safety in a construction environment. 6 of them passed their CSCS tests in the course – the other 2 already had their CSCS cards before they started the course.

The course had a theme of sustainability which was a consistent element throughout; the students used recovered old wood; and a key partnership was with Global Generation who work to raise awareness about environmental issues. We also had a volunteer on the programme - Rebecca Newman who is a newly qualified teacher and a Masters graduate in environmental science. She delivered a lesson on the issues surrounding sustainability in Carpentry and generally in the construction industry.  

The completion of the table marks the end of the course, and it is now being used in Global Generation’s restaurant space in their Skip Garden at Kings Cross. Future events held in the Skip Garden will be using the table, including weddings!

Having completed the course, many of the students are moving on to more work experience, training and employment, including a carpentry apprenticeship, a plumbing job, and a plumbing apprenticeship.

One student commented on the course: “It contributed to my life experience, the course and all the skills I gained from it will last me a life time.”

The table was presented to Global Generation at a ceremony last Friday which was attended by Christine Townley, our Executive Director.

Christine commented: “This was a very exciting project for the Trust – it worked with something old, and with young people to bring the private, public and third sectors together. I was very impressed with how much our young people had learnt about the different types of wood, they really understand what sustainable means now. At the Trust we prize our projects where we work with young people to help them make something for the community. It’s a win-win every time.”

We will be running Budding Builders courses in both Camden and their training centre in Bermondsey in the coming months. If you would like more information, please contact Nicola Mason on 07432 728230.