Green-fingered firm wins award

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A HECKMONDWIKE firm has won an award for its display in a flower show.

Social enterprise Green Future Building Limited received the award after its impressive presentation at the Horticultural Society’s Harrogate Autumn Flower Show.

The stand included a range of planters, animal houses and log stores, each of which include living roofs. The plants were provided by Kirklees Leisure and Culture Services.

The group has been making waves in the area, and has recently been confirmed as the contractors to provide Todmorden High School with a green build food hub, and has announced that four young trainees have graduated onto the firm’s full-time apprenticeship scheme.

The group aims to train youngsters in skills such as carpentry and construction to help set up green projects.

John Beaumont, director of Green Future Building Limited, paid tribute to the new trainees.

“We were quite surprised to have received the award at first, but when you look at what the lads have done, it was magnificent,” he said.

“I think it is a testament to their hard work and skill that they have put into the stand, and I would like to thank them.

“For the lads to graduate onto a full-time apprenticeship, they have all demonstrated a high level of commitment and developed skills over this period which only confirms our investment in them as apprentices.

John added that the opportunities that the company gave to young offenders helped give them direction.

He said: “When we get young trainees, they are treated the same as any other employee of a company. I think this will be of great benefit to themselves and their communities.”

The organisation, based at Ponderosa Park in Heckmondwike, has plans to build a fishing lake with a floating cafe at its premises, as well as a project to produce caviar in the town – but the delicacy could take seven years!