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SYMM builders become partner

posted on October 28, 2009
Symm

We are pleased to announce that Oxford-based building company SYMM are our newest partners in the OneOak project.

The company was founded in 1815; some 35 years before the OneOak tree was planted at Blenheim Estate. SYMM have since worked with many of our most pre-eminent architects on the design and construction of many of Oxford’s stunning 19th and 20th Century buildings.

Aidan Mortimer, CEO, Symm commented: “We are delighted to be part of this exciting project to promote sustainable forestry and very much look forward to using some of the oak when repairing or renovating a local building, or even incorporating it into something new. It has become increasingly important to assess and minimise our impact on the environment in all things we do and in reaching out, especially to so many young people, OneOak will help educate future generations.

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100 days to go

posted on October 11, 2009

One hundred days from today the OneOak tree will be felled. This seemed a good opportunity to provide a general update on project progress.

The school visits have been going well and so far, all the children have enjoyed visiting the tree and learnt a lot about woodlands and trees. More posts from the schools will soon appear in the OneOak blog.

Pathway Workshop

Some other news relating to people is that we are delighted to be working with Pathway Workshop. The team at Pathway support people with a wide range of disabilities in working to produce well-designed and expertly made wooden items. Not only do the team turn waste wood into beautiful and useful items, they help the employment prospects of their trainees. We are delighted to be working with Pathway.

The tree felling will take place in front of all our partners and project friends. Three hundred children from our six primary schools will come to watch, as will many of the future users of the tree’s wood. Planning for the event is going well. It is quite a challenge making sure that 400 guests will be able to see the tree when it is felled – and remain safe! There are also many logistical matters to arrange so that our guests will feel welcome and entertained.

We are making good progress with the ‘woodchain’ part of the project – finding partners who will take wood from the tree to make various products. We will soon be announcing an exciting project partnership with a high profile architectural firm.

We are delighted to have been invited to two major Oxfordshire events in 2010. This means that we will be able to take our project to an even wider audience.

Finally, two wonderful local artists have decided to cover the project – watch this space for more news!

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Planning starts for the tree felling

posted on September 8, 2009
Planning the OneOak felling

Planning the OneOak felling

We held a meeting at the OneOak tree today. Foresters Paul Orsi and Nick Baimbridge of Blenheim Estate met with Sylva to discuss everything that needs to be done. From how the tree will be felled, to where we will site the toilets for our guests who will come to watch the tree felling at the public launch of the OneOak project.

This time of year the bluebells, that were so beautiful when we first found the tree, are long gone and the bracken is waist high. We met to discuss how we should best fell the tree from a forestry point of view. Also, because we hope many guests will come to watch the tree being felled, we need to start planning carefully so that everyone will be able to see the tree yet be safe!


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The OneOak project is underway

posted on September 2, 2009

We are delighted that the OneOak project is now underway. The project website has been launched, and work with our six partner primary schools in Oxfordshire is now well underway. About 300 school children will be visiting the tree this term and will be working with us on the project in many different ways – how exciting! A huge thank you to everyone who has helped us get to this point, with special thanks to the team at Blenheim Palace.

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