08th Oct 2018

Wool Week: A focus on Harrison beds

Harrison; the sleep tailors

This week marks the ninth year of The Campaign for Wool’s annual Wool Week! The concept is to create initiatives designed to educate, inspire and promote the benefits of wool. This year we focus on Harrison beds; the sleep tailors

Sleep; it keeps us healthy, makes us happy and has the power to start the morning right. Sleep is special, so sleeping well is important. Using natural materials tailors a bed to your needs for a completely bespoke night’s sleep crafted by the comfort of nature.

Harrison prides themselves on every one of their hand-made mattresses, which are made from the finest 100% natural fibres. Sheep’s wool has many benefits as it’s soft, naturally supportive and has anti-bacterial properties. As it’s inherently fire retardant, there’s also no need to use chemicals.

In 2009 they purchased Hornington Manor with its 300-acres of farm land. Alongside Father and son team, Gary and Liam McPartland, who farm the land and rear the sheep, the vision was to keep sheep, thus providing natural, locally sourced superior fillings for their mattresses. Whilst they aim to be as self-sufficient as possible, 300-acres of farmland doesn’t yield enough wool, so source additional wool from the British Wool Marketing Board in Bradford.

Meet Harrison, Colin, Alfie, James and their woolly friends who graze the lush green pastures of the farm. Zwartbles, Suffolk and Texel sheep are bred, annually providing their fleeces their wool is best for making mattresses. Only the very best fleeces are selected for their sustainable, springy and resilient properties, and can be fully recycled at the end of the mattress’ life.

2 years ago they introduced a flock of rare breed Wensleydale sheep to the farm. Categorised as ‘at risk’ by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, they successfully welcomed their first lambs last year to boost numbers and provide a luxurious new mattress filling.

The farm is also home to Angora goats Bea, Daphne and Belle as well as Boris and Obama the Alpacas. The fleece from the Angora goat and Alpacas is softer and has a more luxurious feel than sheep’s wool. The alpacas also make for great guardians as they help to keep watch over the new born lambs in the field.

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