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Leeds-based bed company Harrison Spinks is continuing its quest for sustainability by investing in 56 acres of North Yorkshire woodland from which it will harvest timber for use in the manufacture of its custom built beds.

Leeds-based bed company Harrison Spinks is continuing its quest for sustainability by investing in 56 acres of North Yorkshire woodland from which it will harvest timber for use in the manufacture of its custom built beds. 

Advised by our property team the family business, which dates back to the 1840s, purchased two plots at Sand Hutton Woods near York, Whey Carr Plantation and Scrogs Bottom Wood, from the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs.  Previously managed by the Forestry Commission, the woodlands include a mixture of crop types, including significant reserves of timber and areas of young replanting.

Harrison Spinks has purchased a long leasehold over the woodland with the aim of using as much British timber as possible in the manufacture of its divan bases.  Local timber will also be used as fuel at the company’s factory in Beeston where it plans to generate part of its own power.  Harrison Spinks will manage the woods to rigorous FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) standards, ensuring they are sustainable and implementing a stewardship scheme to protect natural flora and fauna.

The company, which supplies high street names including John Lewis and Barker and Stonehouse, launched its sustainability strategy with its acquisition of a farm in 2009, again assisted by Clarion’s property team.  The 300 acre Hornington Manor farm at Bolton Percy near York enables the company to produce wool for its mattresses and flax to use for the fabric.  The company’s initiative was recognised in the Yorkshire Rural Awards last year when it was chosen as the winner of the Farm Business Award.

Simon Spinks, managing director of Harrison Spinks Beds, said: “Our brand has evolved to become synonymous not only with quality, but also with sustainability.  The demand from responsible consumers for components to be sourced locally and to be renewable wherever possible has led to our commitment to sourcing our own materials.

“We have built a sound relationship Clarion over the last six years and the team has worked with us as the company has developed, providing legal support across a range of matters including employment issues and commercial contracts as well as property advice.”

Alison Batty, senior associate at Clarion, comments: “Having acted on behalf of Harrison Spinks during the purchase of the farm at Bolton Percy two years ago, it’s great to be part of the next stage of the firm’s  innovative plans and to see them being embraced by green consumers.  The farm initiative was recognised in last year’s rural awards and the strategy is now being taken further with the use of local woodland.”

Clarion’s property team offers a full range of services from developer, investment, asset management, corporate occupier work through to secured lending.

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Photography: Alison Batty, from Clarion’s property team with Simon Spinks, managing director of Harrison Spinks Beds.

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Susan Reid on (01423) 56 99 99 or susan@appealpr.com