Why Choose Oak For Your Garden Furniture?
Updated: May 3
The mighty Oak has a long and distinguished history been used for centuries in the UK for a variety of purposes. HMS Victory, launched in 1765 was built mainly of Oak consuming 6000 oak trees in total, but Oak was used in shipbuilding long before that with Oak planking being common on high status Viking longships in the 9th and 10th centuries. Westminster hall, commissioned by Richard the second in 1393 is the largest medieval timber roof in Northern Europe, weighing 660 tonnes and spanning twenty metres long and over seventy metres in length.
It was revered for it’s strength (Oak has a density of about 0.75 g/cm3 (0.43 oz/cu in) creating great strength and hardness) natural self preservative properties (The wood is very resistant to insect and fungal attack because of its high tannin content) and natural beauty, which make it an idea choice for garden furniture which will last for generations.
Whilst Teak is probably a more common (and cheaper) choice, concerns over the sustainability of Teak (most teak comes from Indonesia or Myanmar (Burma), where native forests are clear-cut, thousands of acres at a time) mean that UK consumers are looking at more sustainable alternatives for hardwood garden furniture. This (in addition to its strength and longevity) is where Oak comes in.
Alongside sustainability, we think that the main reason for choosing Oak is its natural beauty. I honestly think that there is nothing else more beautiful that a naturally finished and preserved piece of Oak garden furniture on which to sit outside and read a book, have dinner with friends and family or maybe just have a glass of wine outdoors- but then again, maybe I’m biased!