We have been reflecting on our achievements over the past few months and are proud to share with you just a few of the things we have been working on in Eco Shed, a group project and social enterprise. The project has been working hard at building up the bespoke work side of the business and has taken on a number of commissions for individual customers, along with organisations and businesses. This not only provides new challenges and the opportunity for people to learn new skills and explore their creativity, it also ensures that people with learning difficulties and/or autism are seen through their quality work in the community.

Every individual in the project contributes to the work, and we focus here on some of the people that make up the Eco Shed team.

Group members have stepped out of their comfort zone and produced some wonderful items. One member used to spend his time at the Eco Shed making hedgehog house after hedgehog house to keep the shelves stocked.  When he decided that he was ready to make something else, he worked hard making a side unit with a drawer and was totally astonished when he had completed it as it was something he had never made before. Another member did some work experience with a chainsaw artist and loved the time he spent there which opened up the possibility of returning and the chance of training to develop skills in the art. 

Steven joined us back in November 2018, since then he has been working on this beautiful 3 tier bird box. Steven has worked very hard on this project, taking direction well through the planning process, and has been patient enough to correct little things that he was not happy with.


Steven's hard work has paid off and he has now got a wonderful piece of work that he will be kindly donating to a local school.

"I am proud that I took my time with the project and I enjoyed the process" - Steven

One of our longest serving members, Elaine, sadly lost her Jack Russell dog, Betty, last year after 8 years of companionship.  Elaine decided to remember Betty, by making this wonderful planter, designed and made to look like her beloved friend.

Leigh had recently made his largest project to date, making a DVD/Games unit in which he managed to perfect his chiselling skills. He tells us about his work in the Eco Shed.  

I have been coming to the Eco Shed for around 5 years.  I enjoy being around other like-minded people. It’s a good distraction from day to day life and gives me independent time away from family.

Over the years, I have made bird boxes, bee boxes, insect habitats, I’ve also been involved with commission work. One commission was a great achievement - we made a woodland sign for Kent Wildlife Trust.

I am most proud of the DVD/games unit that I have recently made, as I have persevered and seen it through from planning to completion. It is also the largest thing that I have ever made and I have managed to perfect my chiseling skills whilst working on it.

Since Terie has taken over the project, she has been able to get me to conduct myself in a manner that gives me more determination and better management of my time. This helps me to work better and achieve my goals.

If you or someone you know would benefit from joining our team, visit our group page and arrange a taster session.

You can also check out our shop or find out about commissions at www.bemix.org/shop