Commonwealth Games spectators in Birmingham have been enjoying the work of their local wood recyclers. Wooden panels at the entrance to the Smithfield site, home of Beach Volleyball and Basketball, were created by the Jericho Wood Shack social enterprise (part of the Community Wood Recycling network) from reclaimed timber collected from construction and manufacturing sites. In total, 2,500 metres of pallet wood and nearly 8,000 screws were used to make and fit the panels together.
This project involved all the team, including apprentices, survivors of modern slavery, managers and drivers coming together to cut down the timber and make the panels.
The social enterprise also created the impressive thrones occupied by the cyclists in the gold, silver and bronze medal positions in the time trial. They were built from reclaimed wood, with the back rests made from oak flooring, parquet flooring, ply, pine floorboard, buffalo board and even a piece from a bed.