Children from Criftins and Cockshutt primary schools were the first young people to try out an ‘arctic geology research station’ at TG’s Wood Lane nature reserve, near Ellesmere on Tuesday 13 March. An old bird hide on the reserve has been transformed into an eye-catching and thought-provoking room for school groups, with an Ice Age mural at the entrance.
Geology, rocks and fossils are compulsory parts of both the science and geography curriculum at Key Stage 2 and 3 but are a difficult subject to bring to life. In a county renowned for its array of geology, Wood Lane is the perfect place to study rocks. The gravel quarried on the site was deposited by glacial meltwater at the end of the last Ice Age and so contains examples of different rock types from all over the country.
Our Rock Stars session includes an encounter with some talking rocks, who tell the tale of their journeys across the country, a trailer tour of the working quarry and a classroom-based experiment to investigate the properties of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. The new education space provides the perfect setting for the indoor parts of the session, with a large display showing the rock cycle, where the rocks came from and the best places to see geology in Shropshire.
The artwork, which includes a mammoth strolling across an icy landscape, was created by Helen Shackleton, an award-winning designer. The project has been funded by Tudor Griffiths Environment Fund.
As well as schoolchildren, the information should be of interest to the casual visitor and access to the hide is by the same code as the other hides at Wood Lane (permits and the code can be obtained by contacting Di Smith, Tudor Griffiths Group, Wood Lane, Ellesmere, SY12 0HY (01691 626262).
For more information on all of the education sessions visit https://www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/ or contact Ellie or Bryony in the Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s People and Wildlife Team 01743 284280.
Customers at a Northwich builders’ merchants will now be spoilt for choice thanks to the launch of a new kitchen and bathroom showroom.
The TG Dreams Kitchens and Bathrooms showroom has been unveiled at TG Builders’ Merchants, in Manchester Road, and will employ three full-time staff.
Showroom Manager Ben Jones said customers could now explore 12 full-sized kitchen and bathroom displays inside the existing builders’ merchants branch.
“This development follows hot on the heels of a brand-new kitchen and bathroom showroom at our Oswestry branch, and we’ve taken a similar approach to give customers the opportunity to see some of our products and accessories in a relaxed and realistic setting.
“Sometimes it’s difficult to imagine what a range would look like in the home environment, so by creating 12 full-sized displays, it’s much easier for customers to picture our styles in their own home.
“It’s creating a real buzz with our customers because in a more typical kitchen and bathroom showroom, you only see smaller parts of a display – but we wanted to give our customers an experience that sets us apart from other suppliers, and it’s proving to be a great success.”
The kitchen displays offer all kinds of design styles including Timeless, Shaker, modern, inline, handleless, and gloss, as well as over 20 door options, and all types of worktop finishes such as granite, quartz, mirostone, solid wood, pvc edged laminate, and bull nose laminate.
There are Neff, Bosch, Belling, Rangemaster, Teka and Prima, and Franke appliances available, and tile ranges for both kitchens and bathrooms, as well as bathroom accessories and underfloor heating products.
“We’ve also introduced a new free service using the latest computer aided design software to help customers design their dream kitchen, which helps them to explore the opportunities before deciding on a purchase,” said Ben. “We’re very proud of our new showroom, and we’re continually expanding the range of products on offer to give our customers the greatest possible range of choice.”
Pic: In the new kitchens and bathrooms showroom at TG Builders’ Merchants in Northwich are Showroom Manager Ben Jones (left), customer Lucy Gittins, and Chris Prater (Kitchen and Bathroom Adviser)
A Shropshire company is certainly keeping it in the family when it comes to protecting the environment for future generations.
Tudor Griffiths Group is based in Ellesmere, and the company has committed to a programme of sustainable forestry management on land owned by the Griffiths family in the local area.
Managing Director, Tudor Griffiths, said: “The first step in our programme was to plant 2000 Douglas Fir trees in three acres on the Aston Estate, just outside Oswestry, and at another site in English Frankton. And to ensure the land is managed successfully for generations to come, we enlisted the help of my two sons Oliver and Harry, who will play a key role in the sustainable approach over the coming years.”
Tudor Griffiths Group is one of the UK’s leading independent businesses supplying construction materials and building supplies, ready mixed concrete, skip hire, waste management and recycling.
“My family have owned and managed the company for more than 140 years, and we now employ more than 250 people, so our commitment to the local area is clear for all to see,” said Mr Griffiths. “By implementing a structured and sustainable forestry management plan, we hope to balance out our environmental footprint still further, and cultivate the trees to incorporate them into our TG Enviro processes at our Wood Lane site in Ellesmere.”
TG Enviro offers a fully-integrated waste management service to all commercial, construction, agricultural and retail businesses, and domestic customers. The service is made up of TG Renewable Energy, TG Skip Hire, and TG Recycling, and the three arms of the division work closely together to achieve their aim of minimising any waste going to landfill.
“We have a comprehensive environmental policy in place, and our renewable energy strategies are also delivering real results. The timber produced through our forestry management scheme will also allow us to offer a new service to chip wood waste and dry it in a bespoke building on site, before converting it into fuel for biomass boilers.”
Pic: Planting the Tudor Griffiths Group trees are, from left, Maccrea Evans, Garry Lloyd, Oliver Griffiths, Kevin Jones, and Harry Griffiths
Concrete experts at a Shropshire firm have taken a real shine to their latest project as they continue to push the boundaries when it comes to exploring new processes.
The team at TG Concrete – which is part of the Tudor Griffiths Group – have joined forces with Concrete Polishing, from Oswestry, to deliver a new service and their partnership approach is proving extremely popular.
TG Concrete General Manager, Dave Morris, said: “We’re always looking for innovative and creative ways to use our products, and we’re delighted to be working with Martin Clark and his team to offer something very special to our customers.
“The new joint working arrangement means we can offer clients a range of polished coloured concrete floors that have a real wow factor about them thanks to their mirrored finish, and they are also completely practical and easy to maintain.
“We can carry out the process in residential, commercial or industrial settings, and there’s a great deal of interest already from customers in the local area.”
Martin said: “The process can transform a new floor as we mechanically refine the set concrete surface through grinding, polishing and chemical treatments.
“It’s a smart solution that helps reduce the environmental impact of laying a floor, as it reduces the amount of added material needed, as well as reducing the likelihood of any future replacements or refurbishments being required.
“Working with the team at TG Concrete is a great arrangement for both companies, and we’re sure our customers will find such a close working relationship will bring dividends when it comes to ensuring a smooth and effortless installation.”
TG Concrete is renowned for its innovative approach, and the polished concrete initiative is the latest in a wide and varied catalogue of products and processes the team has developed including coloured concrete, AgriCrete specifically for agricultural clients, and TG Cemfloor – a quick-dry liquid self-levelling screed for floors.
Tudor Griffiths Group has 12 concrete plants covering the whole of Shropshire, Cheshire, and North and Mid Wales, specialising in high-quality concrete products for a wide range of purposes.
Environmental experts at a Shropshire company have unveiled a brand-new addition to the business following an investment of £4.5 million.
Tudor Griffiths Group, in Wood Lane, Ellesmere, has now launched TG Renewable Energy – a facility which will complement its existing service, as part of their TG Enviro Division.
And to deliver the new service, the company has opened a new 3,000 sq m on-site Biomass plant and drying warehouse which houses seven one-megawatt boilers.
Managing Director Tudor Griffiths said: “Renewable and sustainable energy is a key objective for the TG Group and we are delighted to see the new plant up and running.
“It will play a key role in the Renewable Energy section of our TG Enviro Division, which also includes skip hire and waste management recycling.
“We are committed to producing the highest quality premium chip and Grade A shred for the Biomass boiler market and the new plant will help us to offer the very best products to our customers.
“Thanks to the size of the new facility, we can also offer a drying service at the site for timber, dry feed grains, pulses and contract woodchip drying.”
The boilers are fuelled by shredded Grade A timber, which has been recovered for recycling, and they heat the seven perforated floors to dry the products, to be supplied to the residential and commercial markets.
“We’re constantly developing the services we offer to our customers, and the new Biomass plant will be a welcome addition to our head office site,” said Mr Griffiths.
Concrete experts at a Shropshire family-owned business have unveiled a brand new quick-dry product that will speed up the installation process.
The team at TG Concrete – which is part of the Tudor Griffiths Group – have launched TG Cemfloor – a liquid self-levelling screed for floors.
TG Concrete General Manager, Dave Morris, said the new product had been created as a direct result of customer demand for a more effective and faster solution for underfloor heating projects.
“We have carried out months of trials to ensure TG Cemfloor is the right solution for our customers, and we believe it will transform the installation process.
“There has already been a great deal of interest in it, and we’re looking forward to demonstrating just how much easier it will be to use than many existing commercial products on the market.”
Mr Morris said TG Cemfloor was a tough, durable, self-smoothing industrial floor topping which was specially designed for warehouses and all industrial floors.
“The difference though is that its quick drying properties mean it’s dry enough for foot traffic after 24 hours, and heavy traffic after four days. This means a quicker installation (up to 2000 sq m per day), and reduced build times as floor coverings can be applied faster.”
TG Cemfloor meets all the required industry standards and has been rigorously tested to ensure consistent results from job to job.
“This is another first for TG Concrete and demonstrates how committed we are to constantly driving the industry forward and seeking out new and innovative products that meet our customers’ very particular needs.”
TG Cemfloor is the latest in a wide and varied catalogue of products the team has developed including coloured concrete, and AgriCrete specifically for agricultural clients.
Tudor Griffiths Group has 12 concrete plants covering the whole of Shropshire, Cheshire, and North and Mid Wales. They specialise in high-quality concrete products including concrete that can be pumped or poured, concrete that will flow, concrete that is ultra high strength, or products that set rapidly or slowly.
Pic: TG Concrete’s Area Sales Manager Chris Kilvert surveys the latest TG Cemfloor project
Staff from a family-owned Shropshire firm are celebrating after being named top fund raisers at this year’s World Coracle Championships.
Two teams from Tudor Griffiths Group, in Ellesmere, raised just under £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and received The Richard Bayliss Cup from the championship organisers.
Managing Director Tudor Griffiths, who led the two intrepid quartets, said they had really enjoyed the event and had already signed up to take part next year.
“It was a really fun day, and at the same time, it gave everyone the chance to raise plenty of money for such a deserving cause. To have received the trophy as the top fund raisers was a real honour for all of us here at Tudor Griffiths Group. We entered a team two years ago and the feedback was terrific, so the event is fast becoming a firm favourite with our staff – it’s a good team bonding event and it’s very competitive!
“We do our best and it’s the taking part that counts, along with having lots of fun and hopefully not getting a soaking! Supporting Macmillan Cancer Support in Shropshire is a great cause.”
The World Coracle Championships, which was sponsored this year by JT Hughes, has been running for ten years and takes place on the River Severn in the Quarry area of Shrewsbury.
Race committee secretary, Camilla Hughes, said: “It’s a unique event and it was the brain-child of Richard Bayliss. In 2008, he persuaded a collection of Shrewsbury companies to paddle these unstable coracles across the River Severn for charity, and so the Championships was born.
“The intention has always been to have a fun day out of the office and raise lots of money for Macmillan Cancer Support along the way. With this year’s total exceeding £31,500, this event has raised over £230,000 for Macmillan over the past ten years.
“Sadly, Richard himself died of cancer in 2015. We vowed to carry on the Championships in support of Macmillan and provide support and the best care possible for cancer sufferers and their families in Shropshire. In memory of Richard, we present the Richard Bayliss Cup to the team who raise the most sponsorship for the event.”
Teams have already started to sign up for the 2018 World Coracle Championships via the website at www.coracleworldchampionship.co.uk and organisers are on the lookout for a headline sponsor.
Two Shropshire fifth generation family businesses joined together on an extensive restoration scheme, transforming an ancient redundant barn complex at English Frankton near Ellesmere into six outstanding country family homes of character.
The Tudor Griffiths Group, which has owned the land for generations, called on Morris Property and its specialist Morris Joinery team to give the disused barns a new lease of life as they were no longer suited to modern farming techniques.
Tudor Griffiths supplied all the building materials from its own network of builders’ merchants and concrete plants across Shropshire and specified top of the range kitchens and bathrooms and quality finishes throughout. The six luxury homes are now available to rent with Strutt & Parker in Shrewsbury.
James West of Morris Property said: “The client has close connections to the site and wanted a sympathetic restoration which really did it justice. We have used our skills and experience to deliver homes of great quality which meet high modern standards while still retaining the buildings’ character.
“We have kept as much of the existing structure as possible and re-used bricks and slate to preserve the feel and authenticity of the setting. The solid oak staircases for example have been crafted to last for several lifetimes and will look as good in 100 years’ time as they do now.”
Tudor Griffiths, Managing Director, said: “Frankton Barns has been in our family for generations and it’s a proud moment for us to finally have the work completed on the barns. The quality of the workmanship throughout is superb and really adds to the spectacular views of the Shropshire countryside which makes the properties so special.
“The Tudor Griffiths Group has been in operation for five generations, as has the Morris family, and having the opportunity to work on such a prestigious project together has been wonderful. The project really has been a joint effort and thanks to the skilled craftsmen from both sides, we have a stunning barn complex which we are immensely proud of.”
Experts from a family-owned Shropshire firm that specialises in ready mix concrete have found a new use for one of their products – building bridges.
The team at TG Concrete – part of the Tudor Griffiths Group – has been working in partnership with Dawnus Construction Limited, and their clients British Rail and Powys County Council, on a programme of bridge construction across the region.
General Manager Dave Morris said: “We’ve been using our coloured concrete product as part of this initiative, and the results have been absolutely fantastic.
“It’s the first time the product has been used in this way, and the innovative process requires us to pour the coloured concrete, let it set, and then contractors remove the outer rubber mould to leave an authentic-looking brick pattern on the surface.
“The method has given us a whole host of new ideas of how we could use the coloured concrete and how we can use this experience to benefit other customers in the future.”
Contractor Dawnus Construction Limited has been building new bridges over the railway line to help create easier access for farmers, and they ordered 750 cubic metres of pewter coloured concrete from Tudor Griffiths Group.
“The bridge using our coloured concrete is near the A470 at Talerddig, near Newtown in Powys, and we’re very pleased with the results of the work that’s been carried out,” said Mr Morris.
The coloured concrete range is just one of a wide and varied catalogue of products that the experts at TG Concrete have developed. They have also created a range of AgriCrete products specifically for agricultural clients which are designed to tackle the very specific challenges the industry faces.
Tudor Griffiths Group has 12 concrete plants covering the whole of Shropshire, Cheshire, and North and Mid Wales.
They specialise in high-quality concrete products including concrete that can be pumped or poured, concrete that will flow, concrete that is ultra high strength, or products that set rapidly or slowly.
Mr Morris said: “We’re proud of our dedicated and experienced staff here at TG Concrete, and it’s thanks to their skills and knowledge that we are able to constantly find new and surprising uses for the products we can supply.”
Pic: TG Concrete delivers the coloured concrete for the new rail bridge in Powys
Concrete specialists at a Shropshire firm have joined forces with a renowned agricultural supplier to help farmers create the very best environment for their animals.
TG Concrete – which is part of the Tudor Griffiths Group in Ellesmere – had developed three products aimed specifically at the agricultural sector and the TG AgriCrete range is already proving hugely successful.
Now the team has formed a partnership with the Wynnstay Group who will now supply the specialist TG YardCrete, TG StoreCrete and TGSilageCrete in their network of stores.
Tudor Griffiths, Managing Director of the TG Group, welcomed the partnership and said the deal was a great fit for both companies.
“We pride ourselves on the quality of our products and the high levels of customer service we deliver, so to join forces with such a well-respected company as the Wynnstay Group is great news.
“Our AgriCrete range was developed after many months of research and development work, and the products are now proving so popular that the vast majority of our business in the concrete division is coming in from the agricultural sector.”
TG Concrete developed the range after farmers said they were looking for hard-wearing and highly durable solutions for their yards and buildings, and all three of the ready-mixed concrete products comply with the very latest agricultural standards, having been designed to help resist abrasion, erosion, and chemical damage.
Ken Greetham, Chief Executive of the Wynnstay Group, said they had been very impressed by the quality of the AgriCrete range which had been created to meet some particular agricultural requirements.
“We’re very pleased to be working with Tudor Griffiths Group, and we’re sure the AgriCrete products will prove extremely popular with our customers.”
Wynnstay Group manufactures and supplies agricultural products to farmers and the wider rural community in Wales, the Welsh border counties, the Midlands, Lancashire, Yorkshire and the south west. The TG AgriCrete range will be available in all the Wynnstay stores across Shropshire, Cheshire, and north and mid Wales.
Pic: Celebrating the partnership deal are, from left Dave Morris (TG Concrete General Manager), Tudor Griffiths (TG Group Managing Director), Ken Greetham (Wynnstay Chief Executive) and Peter Butler (Wynnstay Product Manager)