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We have a stock range of Landscape Furniture but most of our work are commissions undertaken for clients who need specific pieces making. We are happy to produce new designs and give quotations for specific pieces if you have seen any of our work that interests you.
Our customers to date have included.
The Woodland Trust. East Sussex County Council.
Wakehurst Place. Kent County Council.
West Sussex County Council. Arun District Council.
South East Water. Sussex Wildlife Trust.
Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve. Kent High Weald Project.
Eastbourne Borough Council. Commonwork Land Trust.
Paddock Wood Town Council. Chiddingly Parish Council.
London Borough of Bromley. Sevenoaks District Council.
The National Trust. Buchan Country Park.
The Lynchmere Society. Hastings Borough Council.
R.S.P.B. Kew Gardens.
Dorset County Council. The RHS.
The Kingsnympton Estate. London Borough of Havering.
The Northmoor Trust. South Downs National Park.
Lewes District Council. London Borough of Hillingdon.
Our History.1993. The High Weald Design Project was set up by the High Weald Forum to seek practical solutions to the problems of under utilised woodlands in the High Weald AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Funded by East & West Sussex County Councils, The Countryside Commission, Forestry Authority, Rural Development Commission, South East Arts Board and The Elephant Trust. With woodland cover of around 26%, three quarters of which is ancient, a key challenge for the High Weald is to generate new markets for this material which will help maintain the landscape and ecological diversity of the area whilst providing a positive benefit to the rural economy. In the Weald there is the additional problem that much of the timber is small diameter or irregularly shaped low grade timber. David Green and Jim Partridge were employed to generate designs using the small diameter and lower grade timber.
"Once a tree gets over 12" in diameter and is tall and straight there is a good market for such timber. The challenge is to design products that can be made from the small diameter and lower grade timber."
The furniture that they designed was practical, durable and simple, for batch production to minimise costs, not one-off sculptural pieces. They met with timber growers to get a feel for the optimum sized components to be cut from the trees growing locally. The sketches and models of their ideas were greeted with much enthusiasm from local organisations.1995. David Green continued to generate designs and met with another local furniture maker, Michael Rigg. The two of them manufactured furniture and designed site-specific pieces using local, sustainably grown timber. The demand increased for the furniture designs generated by the project but some local workshops were skeptical about using local timber. After much discussion, it was felt that a non-profit making company should be set up to continue the exciting work started by the High Weald Design project. 1998. High Weald Design Ltd. was set up as a non-profit making company to attempt to prove that a company could be sustainable manufacturing furniture solely using local timber. The demand increased significantly, David Green and Michael Rigg were the main contractors manufacturing the range of landscape furniture to order and designing site-specific commissions. Having gone from strength to strength the company felt that it had achieved it's goals as a demonstration furniture making business. It decided to concentrate on other important issues surrounding local woodlands including the supply of seasoned timber and components as well as educational issues. 2000. David Green and Michael Rigg set up High Weald Furniture Ltd. to continue the exciting work begun by the High Weald Design Project and High Weald Design Ltd. Adam Wharton joins the business in 2001 as a furniture maker. 2002. Michael Rigg leaves the company to pursue other projects. David Green and Adam Wharton continue the work. Fifteen years on and our aims are still exactly the same- to use local, sustainably grown timber to manufacture exterior furniture & commissions. The Future. As well as continuing to manufacture our ranges of furniture, we are constantly generating ideas for commissions, based on client's needs. Please visit our site again as it will be regularly updated with new designs.
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Furniture Ltd., 45 Summerheath Road, Hailsham,
East Sussex, BN27 3DR.
Company No. 3922425. VAT No. 725 2085 50
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