Wood Centre

encouraging the use of home-grown wood by supporting skills, enterprise and innovation

The Sylva Wood Centre is a hub for small businesses and craftspeople who design, innovate or make in wood. It is also the home of the Sylva Foundation.

The centre provides dedicated space, equipment and an inspiring community of woodworking professionals. Alongside business units for established businesses we provide facilities to support business incubation. For further information about the availability of units and bench renting opportunities please contact us.

We occasionally open the centre for exhibitions, especially during Oxfordshire Artweeks. We offer a range of regular courses in wood and related crafts for members of the public.

Surrounding the buildings we've planted a community orchard, complete with an apiary, and a demonstration Future Forest with tree species that may thrive despite climate change, pests and diseases. We have a new dedicated forest education area with space for children to learn about and enjoy woodland.

"Our collaboration with Sylva has continued to blossom, since 2015 we have provided a year-long incubator workshop for a graduate at the Wood Centre." Drew Smith - Programme Leader FdA Furniture Design and Make - Rycotewood Furniture Centre
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Business Incubation

We offer dedicated incubation facilities at the Sylva Wood Centre which suit business start-up and serious hobbyists. We operate a 'hot-benching' scheme available offering weekly rental in a communal space, with access to a well-equipped machinery workshop.

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Business Units

We offer rental units for established wood-related businesses.

Contact us to discuss your requirements.