Beautiful, bespoke, hand-crafted timber structures

Deepdean Design is based at Warmhill Wood on the edge of the Forest of Dean where we harvest, mill and process all timber in our own family woods in order to build our bespoke structures.

We are a partnership of a local limber craftsman and a former landscape architect with decades of experience in all things building, wood based and handcrafted.

Much of our work is carried out still using traditional methods. We make a wide range of timber products from arbours and pergolas, to more substantial structures such as The Apse, which is currently on view at Leaf Creative, Huntley, Gloucestershire.


The Apse is our showpiece, currently on loan & on view at Leaf Creative in Huntley, Gloucestershire. It is hand built built from our own larch, sweet chestnut & hazel, all of which were grown in Warmhill Woods, Deepdean, Ross-on-Wye on the edge of the Forest of Dean, close to the Herefordshire border.

The timber was milled on site and then processed and prepared by traditional methods of mortise and tenon joints using hardwood pegs, by local craftsman. The Apse is an original in-house design featuring collared arches and based on the ecclesiastical name for an arched or domed recess in a church.

The roof is reed thatch with a straw ridge and was thatched by a second-generation master thatcher, Tom Walden who thatched two of the Welsh cottages in the museum in Cardiff and is based in Holme Lacy, Hereford.

The Apse is on show and available to view at Leaf Creative in a shared venture with Deepdean Design to produce innovative and original products produced from local materials by local craftsmen. Leaf also have one of our hand built pergolas on show at the entrance alongside handmade signs, benches and planters around the garden centre. Get in touch if you’d like a show round.



Contact Us to discuss how we can make your timber build project come to life.
07710 500213




Warmhill and Hengrove woodland, approximately 100 acres situated on the edge of the Forest of Dean was bought by my uncle, John Newton, in 1967. He had been involved in the early days of the setting up of Fountain Forestry, and later lectured in Forestry at Aberdeen University, but this was to be his own private project.

There was some Oak in the woodland, about 30 acres of recently planted Sweet Chestnut and an area of Norway Spruce planted as a Christmas tree crop, but the majority was scrub which he set about clearing. Over the next 7 or 8 years he planted, largely on his own, about 50 acres of Larch and Douglas Fir.