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Wood Centre to open during Artweeks

posted on April 29, 2015

We are pleased to announce that during Artweeks we will be opening the Sylva Wood Centre to the general public for the first time.

Sylva Wood Centre in Artsweek 2015The county-wide event, known as Artweeks, celebrates the best of art and craft in Oxfordshire.

Dates: 16th – 25th May 2015

Times: 9am – 5pm daily (including weekends and the bank holiday)

Visitors will be able to see the workshops of craftspeople who have made the Sylva Wood Centre the home of their businesses. Their work will be on display alongside those of other invited artists. The portfolio of contributing artists will be announced shortly.

An exhibition of furniture and sculpture from the OneOak project will be on display, together with artwork and information from The New Sylva book (published by Bloomsbury in 2014).

Sylva staff will be on site every day – we hope to meet you there.

Read more on the Artweeks website.

 


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Wood Centre sign takes shape

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We have commissioned one our tenants at the Sylva Wood Centre – Rodas Irving of Oxford Oak – to design and build a sculptural entrance sign for our newly opened-centre for innovation and enterprise.

We won’t yet reveal the design in full, but here is a sneak preview of progress so far.

Rodas has written about the commission on his own website. He talks about how he cleft the large green oak logs – read more here

 

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BBC woodland extravaganza celebrates opening of Sylva Wood Centre

posted on April 20, 2015

We were delighted to be part of the BBC Countryfile ‘Woodland Extravaganza’ programme broadcast on 19th April.

The work of our charity, including the newly-opened new Sylva Wood Centre, featured alongside many of our friends and partners who we work with on a daily basis including Confor, Small Woods, Birmingham Institute for Forestry Research and Woodland Trust.

BBC Countryfile presenter Anita Rani with Rodas Irving of Oxford Oak, outside the Sylva Wood Centre with the new thermally-modified sycamore cladding. Photo Gabriel Hemery.

BBC Countryfile presenter Anita Rani with Rodas Irving of Oxford Oak, outside the Sylva Wood Centre. They are standing in front of the new thermally-modified sycamore cladding, supported by Tyler Hardwoods and Grown in Britain. Photo Gabriel Hemery.

 

If you missed it, the programme is available to watch again via the BBC iplayer online

Also, read more on the BBC Countryfile web page


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Sylva Wood Centre to feature in BBC Countryfile

posted on April 15, 2015
BBC filming at the Sylva Wood Centre

BBC crew filming at the Sylva Wood Centre

We are excited to be featuring in the BBC One programme Countryfile this coming Sunday.

The programme, which will be broadcast at 19:00 on Sunday 19th April, is on the theme of Britain’s woodlands. Sylva’s CEO Gabriel Hemery is interviewed among beautiful woodland at the Oxford University Harcourt Arborteum, while two of our first tenants moving into the Sylva Wood Centre also feature.

Rodas Irving of Oxford Oak talks about the installation of the thermally-modified hardwood cladding (read more) at the Sylva Wood Centre, which is being applied thanks to the support of Grown in Britain. Simon Clements, another of our new tenants, talks about moving from his current workshop to our exciting new venue, where we are fostering skills and innovation in home-grown wood.

Read more on the BBC Countryfile website


More about the programme from the BBC Countryfile website:

In this themed programme Ellie Harrison, John Craven and Anita Rani explore Britain’s woodlands. Ellie is high up in the canopy with the scientists collecting leaf buds to learn more about the effects of CO2 on woodland. She then helps release some hedgehogs, one of the nations’ favourite and most-threatened woodland species, back into the wild. John finds out what it takes to manage your own woodland and discovers that the return of the old craft of coppicing is proving a boom to wildlife. He also joins the conservationists using novel methods to increase the dormice populations in Shropshire’s woods. And Anita discovers how to build with baked wood – using a new technique that hardens and weatherproofs timbers making them much more durable and better for building with. Adam Henson has the third and final of the Countryfile’s Farming Heroes nominees. The biggest threat to British trees is disease – and in many cases there’s no cure. Tom Heap investigates the threats to our woodland and finds out what we can all do to defend our trees.

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Sylva Wood CentreAnita Rani is in Oxfordshire, with the Sylva Foundation, as they open their brand new Wood Centre for the very first time.  Anita joins Rodas as he finishes the cladding on the building, which is made from thermally treated British ash and sycamore.  This treatment makes the wood more durable, allowing it to be used more widely.  Anita meets with one of the new tenants of the Wood Centre, sculptor Simon Clements, who is taking his inspiration from the quivering leaves of the woodland canopy.


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Wood Centre update

posted on February 6, 2015

Building works at the new Sylva Wood Centre are progressing well with the main build phase due to complete at the end of February.

Sylva Wood Centre from west gate

Sylva Wood Centre from west gate

We are pleased to have attracted a number of commercial tenants to run their wood businesses from the Wood Centre. Our first incubation unit has been agreed with a young Oxfordshire-based furniture designer-maker. We have a number of small units still available to anyone who has a fledgling wood-based business, or even those who may want to start a new business under the shelter of our incubation facilities. We welcome expressions of interest – read more about how to apply.

Later this month we will be installing an innovative home-grown hardwood timber product at the building, and look forward to promoting the exciting new material.

We will be opening the Sylva Wood Centre to the public during Oxfordshire Artsweek: 16-25 May.

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