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Increasingly traditional rural ways of life are under threat in the UK. Age old communities are breaking up and village residents are losing contact with each other and the ground they stand on. There are number of reasons for this
- competition from countries where lower wages and overheads are feasible
- lack of consumer appreciation for local produce
- escalating house prices
- dissatisfaction with traditional livelihoods
We at GRO can't tackle these causes of rural community splintering at a national level, neither can we cover the broad range of rural livelihoods under threat. However we do aim to revive the working woodland, understood, utilised and cared for in perpetuity by its residents.
We wish to expand our current remit of designing and making with wood to encompass living in and caring for woods.