The then HRH Prince of Wales met community maker space co-ordinator Jack Lindsey at a visit to Newquay Community Orchard.


The then HRH Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall visited the Newquay Community Orchard in his role as landlord of the Duchy of Cornwall estate.

The Newquay Community Orchard is a community space in the centre of Newquay, created and cared for by over 800 volunteers, and sitting on seven acres of Duchy land. It has a traditional orchard, a community grow space, a forest garden, a wood workshop, performance spaces, co-workspaces, classrooms and a community cafe.

The wood workshop is part of the Orchard project’s Kreft - Cornish for craft - community maker space.  Co-ordinator Jack Lindsey said: “Kreft includes an educational hand tool facility, a fully equipped wood workshop including a CNC router and floor standing equipment, and a technical studio space, housing a laser cutter and 3D printers.

“Two days each week it is used for educational purposes, teaching groups of up to eight volunteers basic wood repair and construction techniques. The remaining three days are devoted to commercial design and build work, which is an important revenue earner for the whole site. We have a number of regular contracts in place as well as producing one-off items for local people.”

The Kreft recently designed and made all the wooden fittings for a new shop at the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall – Europe’s largest garden restoration project with more than 200 acres of gardens and grounds.

When the Kreft workshop was created earlier this year Wood Waste Control was selected to design, construct and install its dust extraction system.  The company is one of the UK’s leading dust extraction and heating equipment specialists for the woodworking industry, and specified a four-bin fine dust extractor filter with 11kW high-efficiency extractor fan and ducting to all relevant machines.

“The collected waste is currently discharged into dumpy bags and used for compost across the Newquay Community Orchard site.  Jack Lindsey said: “We are getting FSC qualified and have a briquetter machine on order, and aim to sell the briquettes locally.”

He added: “The Wood Waste Control extraction system is great – it does the job perfectly.”

Wood Waste Control is based in Bourne End near High Wycombe and has hundreds of successful waste extraction, processing and heating equipment installations across the UK, in Europe, Russia and Africa.

The family company manufactures its wide range of filters in the UK and supplies shredders, briquette presses, biomass heaters/boilers, plus quick-assemble and spiral ductwork to enable it to offer solutions from simple stand-alone bagging units through to complex integrated systems.

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