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Tom & Caroline Dorich plant trees for tables

Grown in Britain timber is going strong in construction, being sought after for joinery and we can’t get enough of it as renewable fuel, but when it really comes alive is in the hands of our talented British designers, craftsmen and furniture makers.

At the Grown in Britain week ‘One Year On’ event, Dougal Driver referred to the growing band of furniture designers and makers who are passionate about using homegrown timbers in their work and are raising awareness in their consumers.

Designers and makers such as Seb Cox, Matthew Burt, Benchmark, Sitting Firm and the Devon based furniture company, Orpago.

Trees For Table Orpago  furniture Tom & Caroline DorichOrpago was established in 2011 by husband and wife team, Tom and Caroline Dorich, as an independent furniture workshop with a focus on true craftsmanship and a desire to work with and support British woodlands. They’re experts in creating handcrafted solid wood furniture and in particular, made-to-order tables and a range of solid wood food boards.

Tom is a big Grown in Britain’s fan and says;

“At Orpago we are proud that the British timber we use has stood on our lands for hundreds of years before being felled and then crafted into something that will enhance people’s lives and last further generations. It is this heritage that we want celebrate in the furniture we make.
This is why we actively support Grown in Britain and have applied for a licence to be part of the Grown in Britain chain of custody; ensuring that our clients know that the timber we craft for them, has come from well managed woodlands in Britain.”

Trees For Table Orpago furniture using grown in britain timberAnd for Orpago it goes further than words, as they want to see Grown in Britain achieve its aims of getting more woods managed and new productive trees in the ground, expanding the resource and growing more amazing timber species for craftsmen to create wonderful pieces to enhance peoples lives in the future. Such is their belief in our initiative that they have made a pledge…

“Further more we are committed to playing our part in increasing the number of British woodlands that are actively managed and expanding this wonderful resource, so we pledge that a proportion of income from every table we sell will go to Grown in Britain, to plant and maintain productive trees for the future.”


We are, of course, both humbled and grateful for Tom and Caroline’s generosity and dedication to British woodlands and Grown in Britain. We look forward to working with Orpago on woodland creation into the future.

Inspired by Tom and Caroline Dorich?

Follow their example and start planting trees with Grown in Britain; email our CEO, Dougal Driver or call him on 07717 513783 to find out more.

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