Secrets of the Sawmill Revealed at Norbury Park Open Day!

Wednesday 7th September 2016

Surrey Wildlife Trust’s traditional timber sawmill throws open its gates to the public next month for the Norbury Park Open Day, near Dorking.

Visitors can follow the journey from green oak, through the sawmill, to the beautifully hand-finished item

There will be live demonstrations of huge industrial saws and woodworking craftsmen will be on hand to talk to visitors about their skills and the timber products they produce.

Visitors will also get the chance to meet some of the Trust’s conservation grazing cows, get up close to some real live owls and find out more about bee-keeping. Woodland craft activities and demonstrations, food stalls and self-guided walks and talks make for a fascinating family day out.

“Our sawmill open day is always really popular,” said Paul Nash, manager of Norbury Park Wood Products. “Visitors can follow the journey from green oak, through the sawmill, to the beautifully hand-finished item. It gives us the chance to shout about the wonderful countryside and garden furniture our skilled craftsmen produce

“We use only the finest English timber, locally and sustainably sourced, in order to minimise our ‘log miles’.” 

Norbury Park sawmill was established over forty years ago and specialises in quality English sawn timber and timber products suitable for the garden, town and countryside. These include including benches, house signs, picnic tables, gates, signposts, information boards and bespoke items. Open day visitors will be able to take advantage of a half price oak house name plaque offer this year!

“Last year nearly 800 people came through the sawmill gates,” added Paul. “This year we really hope visitors will make a day of it and head into Norbury Park itself to discover the beautiful walks and wonderful wildlife we have here on our doorstep.”

Norbury Park is a working landscape in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 520 hectare site boasts a variety of ancient woodland, chalk grassland and farmland, with the River Mole running right through it. It provides far reaching views across to Box Hill and London and is a haven for wildlife. 

The open day will culminate with Trust staff James Herd and Ben Habgood finishing their three-day ‘Race For Wildlife’ challenge – running into the sawmill, after canoeing, cycling and running over 170 miles across the county to raise money for the Trust’s ‘Hedgerow Heroes’ project . Donations can be made here >>

The Norbury Park Open Day is on Sunday September 18th from 10am to 4pm at Norbury Park, Mickleham, Dorking, RH5 6DN. Entry is £2 for adults and children get in free. 

For further information about Norbury Park Sawmill and its quality wood products please visit the Norbury Park Wood Products website.

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