New offices for the Sylva Foundation

posted on February 19, 2016

We are excited to announce that the Sylva Foundation will be moving its offices to a new purpose-designed timber building at the Sylva Wood Centre.

Ever since our formation as a charity in 2009 we have been based in the village of Little Wittenham in south Oxfordshire. Following the gift of land in the nearby village of Long Wittenham, and with early developments of the Wood Centre now well underway, we felt that 2016 would be the right time to relocate our office. Our headquarters will be at the heart of the Sylva Wood Centre, and there our staff will be part of the community of craftspeople supported by our Start-Up facilities and running their wood businesses.

Benfield ATT

Benfield ATT

The Sylva Lodge—as it will be known—is a wooden low-energy building designed by South Wales timber building specialists Benfield ATT. Naturally it has been constructed with timber, most of which is home-grown, and all sourced from sustainably-managed forests.

Talking about the building Professor Michael Benfield—Director of Benfield and the inaugural Chair of Wood Knowledge Wales—said:

“I am delighted that the Sylva Foundation selected to work with our company to build their new offices. This confirms our joint aspirations to stimulate a vibrant forestry and wood industry”.

Benfield ATT sourced high-quality Douglas fir from Gloucestershire and sent it to Cilfiegan Sawmill, near Usk in Monmouthshire, to be milled from the log and cut to the desired lengths for the build. The photos below work underway at the Benfield ATT workshops.


We will be following progress of the build over the next few weeks, and plan to move in to the Sylva Lodge by mid April.


Our new address (from April 2016) will be:

Sylva Wood Centre
Long Wittenham
OX14 4QT

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