We launched our new design yesterday, the day when the significant tree - Sycamore Gap tree was inexplicably cut down.
Strange times. This bowl is a celebration of the beauty and wonder of the humble Sycamore.....
There is a magnificent sycamore in the middle of the village green in Rosedale Abbey, planted in 1911 on the coronation of George V.
The double samara, or keys, of the sycamore form a symmetrical wing like cluster and hang like golden jewels from her autumnal branches. Thousands are formed every year and disperse by spinning away from the parent and on to the ground, ready to become new trees.
The sycamore was introduced to the UK either by the Romans, or from central and Southern Europe in the 15th Century and, while not universally loved as they create dense stands in the shade of the parent tree, they are now accepted as native and feature in our literature and art.
Shakespeare wrote in Love’s Labour’s Lost in 1598: 'Under the coole shade of a Siccamore/ I thought to close mine eyes some halfe an houre'.
'The tree is indeed beautiful at all times of year and even the black blotches of rhytisma fungus on falling leaves have a weird charm. A tree of good luck, bad luck and creativity, it is now a part of us. As the little seed drones twizzle through the grey winter air, their keys are tuning the locks of the future.' Dr Paul Evans.