Veterans work with Tunstall residents on TIGER project

The Tunstall TIGER project is nearing completion thanks to two community grants and help from local veterans.

Grants from the Postcode Local Trust, a grant giving charity funded entirely by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, and the Greggs Foundation have enabled the building of two bridges and a bird watching hide in the community garden at the Village Hall.

The wooden structures were designed and built by Veterans Woodcraft, a not for profit company based at Phoenix House, which aims to help veterans to rebuild their lives through projects such as these.

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Paul Greenwood, from the TIGER Project said: “The veterans have done an amazing job and we are very grateful for all the help that they have given us”.

Chris Morgan, project manager at Veterans Woodcraft, said: “Working on the TIGER Project has enabled Veterans Wood Craft to work with veterans from Phoenix House, the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, and The Beacon, located in Catterick Garrison.

“Working alongside Paul Greenwood and his team has enabled the veterans to acquire new skills in wood working that have given then the confidence to ‘have a go’ at their own projects.

“At least one of the veterans has asked if he can come and work at the TIGER project on a regular basis.

“It has been a most enjoyable experience working with Paul, and on behalf of the veterans I would like to thank him for the numerous cups of coffee and cake that he provided.”

The TIGER project is currently one of three projects that the public can vote for at Tesco Catterick in the blue token Bags of Help scheme.

The money raised from this will enable the project to be completed with a wheelchair accessible path around the whole site.

More information on the TIGER (Tunstall Island and Garden Environmental Restoration) project can be found on Twitter @TunstallTiger and about Veterans Woodcraft at www.veteranswoodcraft.co.uk