Archive: December 2019


English oak and sweet chestnut jointed cladding

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Wood for the Trees: the future for our forests

December 20, 2019

Our woodlands are at a critical moment in time, many experts say a tipping point. At 13% we have one of the lowest levels of woodland cover in Europe. The native trees that we do have face numerous threats including drought, pests and pathogens. And tree planting rates are pitifully low.  However I believe and hope that 2020 will be a...

“The Kissing Bench” by Alison Crowther, an award winning work in English oak

December 3, 2019

"Pure joy" Alison is a Yorkshire born artist based in Sussex, who is passionate about working with timber. She said “carving The Kissing Benches from enormous beams of English oak was pure joy for me. The presence of such giant sections of timber in themselves is awe inspiring, but to work with the wood so intimately day in, day ou...


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