Woodland Collection- A reminder of peaceful stillness
This lovely collection is inspired by our adventures in the woods. Calm and quiet, but full of changing life. We wanted to capture the stunning backdrop of the trees against the glorious flowers and leaves which change throughout the seasons. We created this collection to remind us of the feelings we have when walking in the woods.
Did you know that after a walk in the woods your focus and attention significantly improves? This is because nature shifts our minds to a more relaxed and passive mode, allowing our concentration to replenish. A good walk in the woods gives the necessary boost to cope with the demands of everyday life.
Whether you love soft, pastel lavender or richer, darker bluebell tones, our Woodland Collection sends you back to your favourite spot in the woods. From cushions and scarves made from ethically sourced wool to your everyday crossbody bag, you will be reminded of nature's peaceful stillness everywhere you go.
You can read a bit more below about the beautiful woodlands we have here in Britain and how we can all help to support them
"The history of woodlands
The woodlands we see today have been shaped by human history. The only truly wild woodlands that remain are inaccessible pockets in steep ravines, on cliffs or on some wooded islands in lochs.
Humans were using wood when they first arrived in Britain after the last Ice Age and have had a huge impact on the woodland since then. Some 12,000 years ago, retreating glaciers from the Ice Age left behind a bare, open habitat. The climate was cold and only low plants and lichens grew. The first trees to colonise were juniper and willow, followed by birches, aspen and then Scots pine. As the climate warmed, the pine trees retreated northwards, replaced by hazel then alder, oaks, elms and lime. Beech and hornbeam arrived later and never made it far north -possibly limited by the lack of woodland cover.
By the Neolithic period much of the UK was covered in wild woodland. This probably included clearings and glades created by storms and maintained by grazing animals like aurochs (a now extinct large, wild cow) and wild boar. Then agriculture led to significant woodland clearance, which became faster with the development of metal tools in the Bronze Age. By the Iron Age, a human population of about 1 million was living in a land where 50% of the woodland cover had gone.
This decline continued, although woodland has at times moved back in. The amount of “secondary woodland” (woodland that has grown on a cleared or previously unwooded site) fluctuated with human population.
By the 20th century, woodland cover had reached an all-time low of about 5%. After the First World War, a need for woodland as a war-time reserve was recognised and planting began. This mostly resulted in coniferous forests on poor soils (often heathland) or within existing woodlands. By 1950, concern for the future of semi-natural woodlands began to grow as agricultural intensification led to further clearance. The conservation movement started protecting ancient woodland sites as nature reserves.
Woodland now covers around 12% of the UK and around half of this is coniferous plantation. The area of semi-natural ancient woodland is tiny – just 1.2 % of the UK. However, there is increasing interest in creating new woodlands.
The role of woodland in combatting climate change by storing carbon is better understood, although its importance in flood control is still overlooked "