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'Come bye': See locally made Shepherd's Huts at the National Forest Wood Fair

Wednesday, 19th August 2015

Shepherds Hut

Swadlincote man Brian Corten has developed a niche business producing shepherd’s huts using timber sourced from within The National Forest.

Based in The National Forest, he will taking one of his stylish huts to display at the National Forest Wood Fair on August Bank Holiday Monday.

Brian says: “I served my apprenticeship and worked in the metal working industry for many years but injury caused me to find other avenues for my business. Being based in The National Forest, I decided to move to timber and construct shepherd’s huts.  All materials are sourced locally and I have recently taken on another person to help meet the demand. People want them as home offices, guest bedrooms or fishing lake accommodation, and with the new interest in glamping and walking holidays, I can see new opportunities.”

Richard Drakeley, Tourism Officer for the National Forest Company, said: “This is a great example of a business making the most of its location within The National Forest. Not only is Brian able to source his materials from the Forest, but he has also spotted opportunities that are likely to grow as the Forest develops as a tourism destination. We opened the National Forest Way long distance walking trail last year which is proving very popular and people love to walk and cycle in The National Forest.  People love good quality, interesting places to stay and with the growing interest in home working and creating space for leisure and hobbies at home, I’m sure the shepherd’s huts will be a great point of interest at the Wood Fair.”

The National Forest Wood Fair will be held at Beacon Hill Country Park, five minutes from the M1 motorway, junctions 22/23, on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August.

Advance tickets giving 20% discount on the gate prices area available online until midday Friday 28 August, or at Swadlincote or Ashby Tourist Information Centres. Get a family day out for £20!

The National Forest Wood Fair is organised by the National Forest Company in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, and is sponsored by Vitax.

For more information and to book online see