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19.02.03
Local greenwood-working business wins Working Woodlands grant

Rustic Roundwood Furniture, the Truro-based greenwood-working business, has won a grant from Working Woodlands to help with investment in equipment.

Set up three years ago by Hugh Cole, Rustic Roundwood Furniture uses locally sourced coppiced hazel to produce a variety of products including garden chairs, planters, border edging and individually commissioned pieces. Whilst rustic furniture provides the roots of the business, Hugh also runs green woodworking courses at Cornwall College. In order to increase the amount of teaching and courses Hugh offers he was awarded a grant from Working Woodlands to help with the purchase of new tools for use by his students

Many of Cornwall's woodland have historically been managed as coppice particularly on land that would otherwise not be able to support economic woodland such as steep sided valleys. Rustic Roundwood Furniture provides an outlet for Cornish woodland owners wishing to manage the understorey of their woodlands. Hugh was awarded his grant because his work is bringing under-managed woodlands in Cornwall back into production. Once managed properly these woods can make long-term contributions to Cornwall's rural economy.

Hugh's enterprise is one of the first to be awarded a grant from Working Woodlands. This European and UK government-funded Project is offering grants and support to businesses that grow wood, work with wood or sell wood or wood products in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Contact Working Woodlands on 01803 867891 for further information.

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Editor's notes:

For further information, please contact:
Caroline Harrison, Working Woodlands Holdings Ltd, Tel: 01803 867891
or Hugh Cole, Tel: 01872 520109

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Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388

jason@dclark.co.uk

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