FROM THAT TO THIS – A corner of the garden of St Paul’s Church in Heaton Moor had become something of an eyesore over the years. It had gone from compost heap to rubbish dump. One of the Heatons’ Men in Sheds members suggested we should tidy it up a bit, and after the usual discussion involving both tea, coffee and biscuits, we decided to give it a go.
It turned out to be quite a major undertaking – initially we thought we would clear the site but the need for about ten skips at over a hundred pounds a time put paid to that idea. Instead, it was decided tore-landscape the area. We hired an industrial shredder to take care of all the branches and tree roots found buried in the dump and brought in a mini digger to do the heavy lifting. Amongst the detritus we found a pair of car registration plates, a steering wheel, a car engine fan, a purse complete with credit cards that expired several years ago and dozens of old bricks. There were also numerous crisp packets dating back to the early2000s! Next job
On the day the job was completed we had a visit from Rachel Meadows, Volunteer and Community Development Manager from UK Men’s Sheds Association, the national group for men’s sheds. We invited Rachel to cut the ribbon on the new compost bins but in the absence of a pair of scissors she opened the gate to let out some of the members who had worked on the project. On the left of the picture is Brian Germon whose idea it was to carry out this project and who has worked extremely hard to lead us to a successful outcome.
Well done, Brian!

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