FOR over 40 years, Border Oak has created countless buildings that have transformed people's lives. 

Whether it's homes, outbuildings, or even school classrooms, the award-winning Kingsland firm has been at the heart of many bespoke designs. 

With news that its founder John Greene has died at the age of 74, we take a look at some of the projects that Border Oak has been part of. 


New classroom at Fairfield School

Border Oak celebrated its 40th year in 2020 by doing 40 good deeds, one of which was the a classroom at Fairfield High School in the Golden Valley.

At the time, Sue Gaston, headteacher of the Peterchurch based school said: “We are very grateful to Border Oak for their generosity in building our outdoor classroom at a hugely reduced cost as part of their ‘40 Good Deeds’ to celebrate their 40th year in business.

“As it is made with natural materials, it blends perfectly with our rural site and it could not have been built at a better time, as we are keeping students in year group ‘bubbles’.”

Self-builders tell of their oak-framed dream home

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When Wendy and Steven Hunter outgrew their first self-build home, there was no other option but to do it themselves again to create the family home they dreamed of.

There is clearly something addictive about building your own home as Wendy and Steven Hunter know, having built two Leominster-based Border Oak homes back to back in 2019. 

"When we first went on this journey," said Mrs Hunter.

"We were drawn to the oak frames, of course, because they're such a beautiful feature of a home: a real show piece. And we love the fact that Border Oak is a family-run business and they're lovely people to work with. We love what they're doing for the community, especially creative director Merry Albright."

Elegent home near Hereford

Hereford Times: A Border Oak home near Hereford is for sale for offers over £750,000. Picture: Jackson Property/Zoopla

A four-bed Border Oak home near Hereford was put up for sale in March 2022, with agents Jackson Property asking for offers of over £750,000. 

Describing the home as elegant, the firm said on Zoopla that it is at the end of a private lane in Westhope which serves just two other properties.

"The property is approached via a good-sized gravelled driveway, with access all around the property, parking for three cars and access to the double garage," agents say.An "inviting" entrance brings you into the dining hall, with ample space for entertaining, and there are stairs to the first floor and access to all main ground floor rooms.

Delightful village home

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This beautiful three bedroom detached house in Holme Marsh, near Kington was put on the market by Andrew Grant Estate Agents for £495,000 in 2017 after being built by Border Oak.

The immaculately presented property was described as having an abundance of character and charm which included latch doors, oak flooring, flag stone flooring, a feature wood-burning stove set within a wonderful Inglenook fireplace, traditional style radiators and an electric fitted AGA from Twyford Cookers.