A FURNITURE designer is to put his best foot forward in aid of Woodland Heritage. 

Charlie Dedman will complete a 630-mile trek from Minehead to South Haven Port along the South West Coast Path, fondly known as the Salt Path, with all proceeds going to the charity. 

The 32-year-old is taking on the daunting task – beginning in April – because woodlands, trees, and timber are “close to his heart”. 

“Growing up on the edge of the South Downs National park, and son of a property restorer, I have always been surrounded by nature and processes that complement it,” Charlie, from Hampshire, said. 

“Now eight years into a furniture design career at Gaze Burvill, which produces the finest outdoor furniture, I am hitting pause on CAD, emails and deadlines and hitting the 630-mile South West Coast Path for a new life-affirming challenge.”

Through its pioneering new woodland in Somerset, research funding and educational courses, Woodland Heritage is helping create a UK more self-sufficient in timber grown in healthy, well-managed woodlands that benefit people and wildlife.

Along the way, highlights of Charlie’s trek include the rugged Valley of the Rocks, the cobbles of Clovelly, Rick Stein’s Padstow Fish ‘n’ Chips and the Minack Theatre grand stage.

John Orchard, chief executive of Woodland Heritage, said: “Charlie is an inspiration! 

“We all love trees and woodlands. But it’s surprising that so few of the nation’s woodlands are sustainably managed and the UK is the third-largest importer of forest products in the world. 

“During a climate crisis, we simply aren’t making the most of what we have.”

To see how Charlie is getting on and to make a donation, visit the JustGiving page.