The brown oak at Brompton Cross
Last month, we opened the doors to our fourth London location in Brompton Cross, South Kensington. We have received an overwhelmingly positive response to our new farmshop and we are over the moon, but it’s safe to say our brown oak has stolen the show. We wanted to tell you a little bit more about how this majestic, ten tonne, nine metre tall art installation came to be.
Discovering the tree
On our estate in the Cotswolds, we discovered a dying oak tree that would not have lasted another winter. We carefully felled the tree and transported it to London.
From the farm to the city
We commissioned a talented woodcraftsman to work on the project. Rhys Davis has also made some key pieces on display at Daylesford farm such as the living willow heart.
For this piece, Rhys hollowed out the trunk so it could be installed through the centre of each of the three floors. During this process, the wood was revealed to be brown oak, a valuable material caused by a rare natural fungus.
Commitment to sustainability
Throughout the planning process, our commitment to sustainability remained at the heart of all decision making; we wanted the space to offer a taste of our Cotswold farm in the heart of the capital. As such, we incorporated as many reclaimed materials from the farm as possible. As you walk through the farmshop you will see an abundance of natural features, from our café tables and intricate fittings to our salad bar wood panelling and of course, our big brown oak.
We look forward to welcoming you soon