Our story

Fat Leaf was established in 2009 by Jim & Ross Clarke. The father and son started the business, primarily to offer a made to measure service for a wide range of garden planters.

As the company has grown they have learned more about Britain's native timbers and the timber industry. We currently use larch with a 10 year guarantee.  This timber is ideal as it is hard wearing and does not require treating.  

Our Wood - Larch

  • Larch lasts longer
  • Larch is naturally resistant to rot
  • There are no chemicals involved in its production
  • Larch is exceptionally environmentally friendly
  • Larch looks better, ages better
  • Larch is locally sourced

Larch is a great timber to use for Fat Leaf planters and garden furniture.  It is long lasting and when exposed to the everyday elements, the wood will weather to a silver-grey colour.   The timber has a red-brown heartwood, it is hard and resistant to rot which makes it idea for Fat Leaf’s range of garden planters and furniture. 

Larch is widespread throughout the UK, having been planted for forestry and is therefore sustainable.  The wood is durable and completely natural, it requires no chemicals or further treatments.  

Its scientific name is Larix decidua and the seeds of the tree are eaten by red squirrels and a number of birds including the siskin and lesser redpoll.  The buds and immature cones are enjoyed by black grouse.  The caterpillars of many moths feed on the foliage of the tree and the cone scales.

Larch Facts

  •  Larch can reach from 80 to 140 feet in height. Initially cone-shaped crown transforms into broad, pyramidal crown in old trees.
  • Unlike other coniferous trees, larch sheds its leaves during the autumn. Needles change their colour into yellowish golden before they fall from a tree.
  • Cones are "fruit" of larch. Mature cone is brown in colour and scaly. It contains numerous seed with wings which facilitate dispersal by wind. Old cones can remain on tree couple of years.
  • Seed, immature cones and buds of larch are important source of food for the squirrels and forest birds. 
  • Larch has extremely strong and dense heartwood that is used in the manufacture of coffins, buildings, telephone poles, railroad ties, fences, furniture and boats.
  • Piles, which hold the Venice (one of the most popular European cities) above the water, are built almost exclusively of the wood of the larch.

Further Information

Mitre Joints

In the production process for all Fat Leaf planters and garden furniture we use mitred joints rather than the traditional butt joints.  The mitred joints means that the ends of the wood are cut to a 45 degree angle and then stapled together. 

Aesthetically this provides a much cleaner and pleasing appearance as it also conceals the end grain that you would get in a butt joint, thus providing a nice flush look.  Mitred joints are very common in picture frames where appearance is very important, Fat Leaf believe the same is important for the garden. 

Fat Leaf planters are made from rings of 47x47mm (2x2 inch) Larch, some larger planters are made from 3x2 inch Larch to give a more 'chunky' feel, which are stapled on either side of the mitred joint and then each ring is screwed on top of each other to the desired height.  The planters have a Larch floor and 1 inch thick feet to keep them off the ground.

 

Ross Jim Robin

Upon graduating from University with a particularly useful degree in Film Studies Ross embarked on a couple of years of travelling; during which time he fell into a career in advertising in South East Asia. After a few years in the advertising industry he had seen enough. When Jim told him about Fat Leaf Ross jumped at the chance and the rest is history.

Where the magic happens

Our workshop is located in Horn Park Business Centre just outside Beaminster on the Broadwindsor Road.  It is where all 'the magic happens'!  

There is always water in our kettle and if you fancy a chat about your project then feel free to call in for a cup of tea.