Tailored Memorial Tree Seat for The Royal Ballet School


We are delighted to have recently delivered a custom Reedback Tree Seat to The Royal Ballet School, one of the world’s leading centres of classical ballet training. The tree seat was bought on behalf of The Royal Ballet School by a previous Gaze Burvill client as a memorial for his wife, who was an active volunteer at the School and much loved by the pupils.

Starting in June 2021, we were approached with a special set of requirements to design and build a tailored tree seat to sit around a protected London Plane tree located in front of the grade I listed former Royal hunting lodge, offering pupils a quiet place where they can sit and reflect within the grounds of Richmond Park.

With the project expected to take 6 months, the first order of business was to decide upon the most suitable of our tree seat styles; Broadwalk or Reedback. Due to the size of the tree and the nature of the site, we recommended our Reedback Tree Seat as its more open back would offer greater visibility of the tree behind, as well as coordinating in style with the existing seating in the surrounding parkland. The style was also better suited to having arms due to its large size.

Thanks to our in-house design team, who undertook several site visits, we were able to design a memorial seat with a custom internal diameter of 2.1 metres – our biggest – due to the fact that a listed tree has to have 90cm between the tree and the back of the seat. The seat was finished with a personalised hand carving in a signature font style of The Royal Ballet School.

A special memorial gathering took place with the pupils and teachers once the tree seat was in place.


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