Our woodworking volunteers

Denbies Hillside woodworking volunteers at work
Building a bridge at one of our tenanted cottages National Trust / Rob Hewer

Our woodworking team have varied backgrounds from accountancy to engineering and teaching. They have really enjoyed doing something totally different and have risen to the challenge of learning new skills.

What do they get up to?

They were trained to use all sorts of tools, including band saws and mortisers. The team are based at Landbarn Farm, Westcott, and meet every Thursday.
There’re lots of woodworking tasks to be done on Denbies Hillside and also the wider Surrey Hills Countryside Estate. Our volunteers are asked to make various items from leaflet boxes to bird hides.
Probably the most challenging recent projects were the large notice boards at Box Hill and Headley Heath. These both look amazing.

Keep an eye out

When you’re out and about on the Hillside look out for all our lovely picnic tables and benches - these were made by Tim, Peter and Robin (the orginal team) and some newer recruits Kevin, Iain and Chris.

Where does the timber come from?

We use our own oak timber from sustainably managed woodland on nearby Bookham Commons.