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Cable reels find new home at community farm

Two cable reels are set to have a new lease of life at a community farm in Essex which is run for everyone especially those with health problems seeking to improve their quality of life and manage challenges they are facing.

From Press releases - 10 August 2015 12:00 AM

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Two cable reels are set to have a new lease of life at a community farm in Essex which is run for everyone especially those with health problems seeking to improve their quality of life and manage challenges they are facing.

Staff at Dedham Community Farm contacted UK Power Networks as they were looking for some cable reels to help create a picnic area at its Mill Lane site, which offers animal facilitated therapy and occupational therapy through activities such as animal care, woodwork, gardening and work experience.

When the company, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across East Anglia, London and the South East, had two surplus cable reels it contacted the farm and arranged for them to be delivered.

Katie Oatham, a therapy project assistant at the farm, said: “We’ve seen on the internet how these unused cable reels can be put to really good use so we have got lots of ideas for them.

“We’re hoping to use them as picnic tables and perhaps decorate the tops with mosaic tiles. Alternatively, we’re hoping to create a wildflower meadow next year so one of them could be turned into garden art for meadow.

“The farm is a not-for-profit organization so we rely on fundraising and donations so were really grateful to UK Power Networks for giving us these reels.”

Phil Spiby, sustainability adviser at UK Power Networks, said: “One of our key aims is to support the communities whose daily lives are so reliant on our electricity networks. We were delighted to help a not-for profit project such as this and provide an ongoing benefit to the local community.”