UK couple 'training' trees to grow into furniture

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  • Thursday, 10 Oct 2019

Full Grown field manager Ed Lound saws a tree which has been growing for six years into the shape of a chair in Wirksworth, Britain. REUTERS/George Sargent

WIRKSWORTH, England (Reuters): On a two-acre field in England's Midlands, Gavin and Alice Munro are taking sustainability to the next level: they harvest trees which they train to grow into chairs.

The couple have a furniture farm in Derbyshire where they are nurturing 250 chairs, 100 lamps and 50 tables. It is their answer to what they see as the inefficient and carbon-heavy process of cutting down mature trees to create furniture.

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