An historic barn at Kings Hill Farm on the Shuttleworth College estate has been restored thanks to the work of Bedford College staff and some special students.
A dozen young men have been learning the traditional skills of carpentry and joinery on a “Get Into” programme with the Prince’s Trust and the College.
The students, who were previously unemployed and without skills, have been working on a timber frame restoration project on the barn.
Coached by timber framing experts and college staff, the project has combined classroom work with the real life site project.
And on one of the beams they have all signed their names alongside the Prince’s Trust logo – for posterity.
Dave Wilkins, Assistant Director – Construction at Bedford College said: “This is one of a range of projects and courses in which Bedford College has been involved which encourage young people to learn disappearing skills. Whilst we teach the latest modern eco-building methods here at our 21st Century college, we also train others to work on ancient buildings which will require specialist skills.”