The annual London Tree and Woodland Awards celebrate the people and businesses that promote and encourage the planting, conservation and management of trees and woodlands in London. This year Blackhorse Workshop member Bruce Saunders of Saunders Seasonings won the London Wood Enterprise category – an award for a wood product made in London of sustainable London timber.

Saunders Seasonings is a small local timber production and furniture making business, milling and seasoning their own hardwoods sourced from London trees that have already been felled. After machining and drying, they recycle the wood into high quality joinery timber for re-use as interior furniture. They are currently working with two major developers – HS2 (Euston), and Hammersons (Brent Cross) – both who have supplied them with felled timber from their development sites. The award was received for the following projects…

Linen Change Cards
In January 2019 they delivered 1000 wooden bus shaped ‘linen change’ cards to the Savoy Hotel in London as part of their sustainability initiative. The hotel required the wood to be sourced from London, revealing its story and provenance, the cards needed to be handmade to create unique artefacts as a counterpoint to most hotels’ disposable culture. London Plane was the timber chosen for its unique figuring and tight grain, which proved ideal for detailed screen printing. One of the beautiful Planes that was felled to make way for the new HS2 station in St. James Gardens, Euston, was chosen for its historical location and proximity to the Savoy Hotel, London.

Cello and Violin Racks
This project was for Kings Cross Academy Primary School. Together with fellow Blackhorse member Christina French, they built five racks for each instrument, using London Plane timber for the carcass and dowels, and flamed Lime timber for the dividers. Both species were felled in St. James Gardens in Euston to make way for the new high speed rail station.

The Saunders Seasoning Seat
Saunders Seasoning were commissioned in August 2018 by Costain-Skanska to build public seating for a pop-up park next to St. James Gardens, created to offset the loss of the gardens to local residents due to the new high speed rail station. Using the felled timber from the gardens, they reinstated the trees as seating. They milled some of the Plane trees, creating stickered ‘boules’, which were then installed in the park and left to air-dry for a year. These seats are now seasoned and are shortly to go into the kiln to complete the last stage of moisture removal, before being transformed into high quality interior furniture.

For more information about Saunders Seasonings or to order hardwoods click here.