Art in the Garden — Duchy Originals Sustainable Furniture

The Prince of Wales is earning plenty of TreeHugger points this week. After posting on Friday about his BBC interview on environmental issues and the success of his organic food brand Duchy Originals, we delved a bit further and found that not only is the Prince concerned about food and farming, but is also very keen on conserving the woodlands of the British countryside. To this end Duchy Originals have a range of sustainably sourced wooden outdoor furniture. Taking inspiration from the garden furniture on the Prince’s Highgrove estate the designers Stephen Florence and Leon Krier, in collaboration with His Royal Highness, have created the ‘Art in the Garden’ collection for the public.The sweet chestnut wood used to make the furniture is sourced from Aconbury Wood in Herefordshire, England. This is part of the The Duchy of Cornwall’s woodlands and is certified by the Soil Association’s Woodmark Programme, meaning that it is sustainably managed. This range of furniture is also part of the Business in the Community initiative started by Prince Charles ‘to find new ways in which woodlands and their produce can benefit local communities and economies.’ The range has been designed specifically to make use of traditional skills of local craft carpenters and timber workers. So if you have been looking for some more upmarket garden furniture of late you could worse than invest in some royally inspired seats and tables, sourced from royal woods and made from trees that were planted in the reign of Queen Victoria! The Art in the Garden Collection is available to buy directly from www.williamflorence.co.uk.
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