Posted on: 14th July 2021


Last week we were able to visit Rowcroft Hospice to see their Meadow of Memories, and our special contribution to it.

Rowcroft are our local hospice had contacted us asking for spare wood so they could build a bench for their meadow. We were pleased to offer to make them ourselves, as well as supply the oak. Our trainee carpenter Jack set to work and handcrafted two beautiful benches for the charity, who provide vital care for people living with a life-limiting illness.

We delivered them earlier this year and, once the meadow was blooming, Rowcroft invited Jack and Carpenter Oak’s Managing Director, Luke Copley-Wilkins, to see them in situ. Luke said: ‘To know that these benches will provide people who have lost loved ones, with somewhere to sit and reflect, means a great deal to myself and the Carpenter Oak team.” Jack added: “It’s very satisfying to make something that you hope will be appreciated, and it’s comforting to think that these oak benches will give those at the hospice a place to sit down and enjoy such an idyllic and peaceful space.”

Rowcroft were delighted with the benches. Their In Memory Giving & Legacy Manager, Rebecca Cogger, said: “Each year a beautiful wildflower meadow is sown in the gardens of Rowcroft hospice to celebrate and remember the lives of the people we love dearly and miss deeply. The meadow is a soothing place for anyone to visit. We wanted a bench on the edge of the meadow for people to sit and reflect on happy times gone by. I approached Carpenter Oak for some surplus wood, and they generously offered to not only supply the wood but make us 2 solid oak benches. The craftsmanship is outstanding, and we are genuinely overwhelmed with how beautiful they are. We are exceptionally grateful to Carpenter Oak for helping to make the meadow even more special – Thank you.”