Work starts on the Sylva Wood Centre

posted on September 1, 2014

Building work has begun on the first phase of our development of the Sylva Wood Centre. A semi-derelict agricultural building is to be converted into an enterprise hub for wood-using businesses.

view from the east

view from the east

The 12,000 square foot building will be redesigned to support up to 10 separate wood-using businesses, and a teaching classroom. Over the next four months the former potato store will be stripped of its asbestos roof and gutted, and its existing steel structure strengthened in readiness for new insulated roof and wall panels.

We have attracted our first tenants (more news to follow) and are in discussions with several others. The building will be open for business in January 2015.

view from the west

view from the west

If you run a wood business based in south Oxfordshire and are potentially interested in securing a unit in the Wood Centre we would be pleased to hear from you. Also from individuals interested in delivering training in wood craft, either professionally or on a volunteer basis.

Our wider vision for the Sylva Wood Centre is to develop the whole site – which includes several more buildings and the surrounding landscape – as a centre for innovation in home-grown wood. The conversion of this building is the first phase towards achieving this vision. Read more about our Wood programme




  1. Congratulations. A most worthwhile undertaking. Well wished!

    Comment by Hugh Milner — September 5, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

  2. Fantastic news. Best wishes for the development. Congratulations Gabriel et al.

    Comment by Pete Beckley — September 7, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

  3. Congratulations on behalf of South Oxfordshire Sustainability (SOS). As the alliance of South Oxfordshire CAG groups working to increase greater local sustainability and self sufficiency we much welcome this initiative.

    John Gordon

    Comment by john gordon — September 10, 2014 @ 9:53 am

  4. Hearty Congratulations on starting the sylva wood centre. I complement your vision in making your new venture as a centre for innovation for home grown wood.

    Comment by Ton Heminck — September 26, 2014 @ 8:09 am

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