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A chip off the old block

PUBLISHED: 12:38 21 February 2012 | UPDATED: 21:04 20 February 2013

A chip off the old block

A chip off the old block

Charlie Buckingham helps to sell chopping boards at Stroud Farmers Market with dad Tim and sister Ellie

Local kitchen designers son is a chip off the old block

Charlie Buckingham helps to sell chopping boards at Stroud Farmers' Market with dad Tim and sister Ellie

When Rodborough Primary School pupils Charlie Buckingham and Sam Hanahoe finished their year 6 project they not only turned a profit they taught local businessman Tim Buckingham a thing or two about sustainable enterprise!

My dads workshop used to be full of little bits of really nice wood left over from making peoples kitchens and I thought it was a real waste, explains Charlie, whose dad Tim is co-founder of Woodchester Cabinet Makers of Inchbrook.Weve been taught at school about how important it is to recycle as much as we can so Sam and I tried to think of a way we could re-use them.

The boys decided that the off cuts would be ideal to use as chopping boards and with a bit of help from Tim set about designing, cutting and sanding a selection of boards.

When the boys sold over 30 boards in just one day it gave the team at Woodchester Cabinet Makers some real food for thought.

It made me realise that perhaps we dont always do as much as we could Says Tim Its quite humbling to be taught a lesson by an 11 year old!

Tim has now made a pact with Charlie to keep up the good work by setting aside time at the workshop to recycle off cuts into new chopping boards to be sold at Strouds prestigious farmers' market.

Its really good to feel like weve changed how a real business works, concludes Charlie. I hope that others will see what weve done and change things too.

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