The Forest Education Initiative (FEI) and Hertfordshire County Council have once more teamed up to recognise young timber product design talent.

The FEI and the council have co-sponsored the Wood By Design Challenge, which is aimed at helping to cultivate wood-based furniture design skills among Hertfordshire school students.

The entrants can either come up with a product specifically for the competition, or put forward GCSE exam projects.

This year they also had to provide details of how their timber was sourced to “get a better sense of connection between a piece of timber they’re working on and the woodland it came from”.

The “Overall County Winner” in the challenge this year was Oliver Mariutto from Bishops Stortford High School for his timber and plywood child’s seat. The “Country Winner” runners-up were Natalie Brady of Hitchen Girls School for her vanity cabinet and Toby Sargent of Bishops Stortford High for his coffee table.