This National Tree Week, we’re celebrating some of the incredible things local artists are making with locally grown and sourced timber. 🌳

From meticulously handcrafted chopping boards to intricately designed instruments and beautiful bespoke gifts – we love seeing the weird and wonderful ways our remarkable New Forest trees live on in the next chapter of their lives.

A S Potter Instruments

Alex Potter is a designer and maker of hand-crafted guitars and traditional musical instruments based in Sway. He takes pride in using New Forest grown timbers, such as Yew and Walnut, as well as other ethically sourced or recycled materials in his creations, and the results are simply beautiful.

Alongside making and repairing instruments, Alex also teaches guitar making and traditional woodworking skills.


Devoted to creating a new life for salvaged timber that would otherwise end up as firewood or woodchips, Bearwood offer three core services – mobile sawmilling, timber sales and bespoke woodwork. Their craft includes unique pieces of furniture and interior décor, and they guarantee that all of the wood comes from trees that would otherwise have been disposed of.

Only working with wood that is not only sourced, but actually felled, in the New Forest, their motto is locally grown, locally milled, locally made.


Believing that any great meal can be further enhanced with great presentation – Bimblebox is on a mission to provide the world with exquisitely handcrafted contemporary serving and chopping boards. Not only do they elevate your culinary creations but also enhance the joy of sharing meals with friends and family.

Their contemporary pieces are carefully designed and meticulously crafted to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your table no matter the occasion. And they take great pride in the harmonious fusion of sustainably sourced timber and resin which give a truly unique look to all of their boards.

New Forest Sawmill

Supplying a range of custom posts, beams, sleepers and cladding as well as beautiful live edge slabs, New Forest Sawmill stock a wide range of timber sourced within a 40-mile radius of the New Forest.

Ranging from oak and cedar to cherry, apple and tulip – they’re very passionate about saving trees from disposal, milling them into slab form for the local community to repurpose.

At the New Forest Marque, our crafters and artists are inspired by their surroundings. For a hand-crafted item to bear our stamp of approval it must not only be made in the New Forest Marque area, but also be produced from a minimum of 25% locally sourced raw materials.

This National Tree Week, discover more about our craft, art, trees and education members.