The National Trust has collaborated with the Sylva Foundation; a forestry charity and wood school in Oxfordshire, to produce a limited-edition range of hand-crafted stools. 

Each curved stool has been crafted using Grown in Britain certified ash trees grown at the National Trust's Ebworth Estate in the Cotswolds. The trees had to be felled due to ash dieback disease and, as a result a handful of stools have been carefully handmade by the wood school students, in turn supporting high quality, local craftsmanship.

Due to the handcrafted nature and the natural material its made from, no two are the same. Each wooden stool is completely unique featuring its own individual grain markings and colours - a definite statement piece.

The stool has a contemporary and simple silhouette, designed with gently splayed legs and a curved seat for extra comfort and style.

National Trust Head of Trees and Woodland, John Deakin commented on the collaboration, “I’m so pleased we’ve been able to work with Sylva Foundation and turn the sad loss of our trees into something so positive. This is a great example of how we can manage our woodlands in a positive way, if and when the worst happens. Ash dieback is one of the biggest threats to our native woodlands in the UK with ash making up nearly 40% of composition.

As a conservation charity, we are so reliant on the skills of experts, some of whom are incredibly rare in their field, so by helping Sylva Foundation – both in terms of materials and business training – we are contributing to the future of skilled craftspeople.

Sylva Foundation CEO, Dr Gabriel Hemery, said, “The collaboration with the National Trust has been a wonderful opportunity for the charity and a brilliant live project for students at the Sylva Wood School. Our students have learnt a huge amount about working with ash and how to deliver high-quality products to meet with a commercial deadline.

The outcomes will help us promote the multiple benefits that result from using more home-grown timber from well-managed forests. After all, whatever the motive for felling (sadly in this case due to disease), home-grown timber is good for nature, good for the economy, and good for the planet.”

"Working with home grown timber from local woodlands benefits people and the environment, giving our students an incredible sense of purpose." - Course Leader, Sylva Wood School.

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SKU: 50061776
Online exclusive
Made in the UK
Dimensions: H46 X W45 X D38cm
Weight Details: 3000g
Material: Wood


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