Steam Engine Planter takes pride of place at Steam thanks to Swindon Men’s Shed

By Claire Dukes - 7 August 2018

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A wooden steam engine with carriages, 3.5 metres in length, is soon to take pride of place in front of the Steam Museum, thanks to a Swindon community group.

The engine with carriages is actually a flower planter and has been designed and created by members of Swindon Men’s Shed.

Work began in the spring as the group shared their ideas and skills to create a stunning piece of craftsmanship themed around Swindon’s important railway heritage.

The group meet every Wednesday afternoon at Swindon Borough Council premises in Upham Road. Their projects involve recycling wood – usually reclaimed pallets or timber fencing materials – to create a whole range of items such as bird tables, nesting boxes, planters and outdoor furniture.

The steam engine planter will be formerly donated by the Swindon Men’s Shed Community Group to Steam on Wednesday 8 August at 2pm.

Swindon Men’s Shed offers members a safe, friendly and inclusive environment where they can pursue personal projects, using the tools and resources provided.

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