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Supporting and collaborating with fellow independent local businesses is a priority of ours here at The Lake District Umbrella Company. 
We don’t have to tell you that we’re huge proponents of the Lake District, its weather, landscapes, people and industries, and we are passionate about preserving these unique industries for generations to come. That’s why we are thrilled to be working with the amazing, Coniston Stonecraft

A well established Lake District slate business 

Brendan Donnelly, owner of the company, is of the opinion that he works in the prettiest place in Britain, and believe us when we say he’s not exaggerating! Coniston Stonecraft is based on the slopes of “Coniston Old Man”, one of the most popular and picturesque walking locations in the Lake District National Park. This extraordinary business has been trading for forty years, but Brendan came on board last year, and is very passionate indeed. 

Environmentally conscious 

One of his passions is making the business as environmentally friendly as possible, a goal we share at The Lake District Umbrella Company. Coniston Stonecraft has an impressively small carbon footprint. Its HQ is powered by Church Beck and a hydroelectric station, and water from the same beck is used to cool down machinery, rather than oil. They also use recycled cardboard for packaging, along with recycled cloth (to protect products in transit) taken from old swatch books - what a great idea! 

The historic Lake District slate industry 

Quarrying and slate masonry are longstanding industries in the Lake District, and Brendan is keen to “keep the skills on the hills” and preserve this historical and uniquely Lake District practice. All their slate is quarried within no more than twelve miles, and includes Brathay Blue Grey and Westmorland Green. Coniston Stonecraft creates all sorts of beautiful items, such as clocks, nameplates, coasters and placemats, candle holders and more. They also create bespoke pieces, and we of course had to collaborate with them on some umbrella themed products. 

Slate Rain Catchers & Umbrella Stands 

First up is the Rain Catcher, a simple yet clever design that will hold your sodden umbrella after use and prevent pesky raindrops from ruining your floors and causing slips. This piece is made by hand to order in a choice of Westmorland Green or Brathay Blue Grey slates, or Baycliff Creamy limestone. 
 
Next up are the beautiful Slate Umbrella Stands in small and large. These really showcase the natural beauty of Cumbrian slate, and will look incredibly stylish in any hallway. The small size is available in both Brathay Blue Grey and Westmorland Green, and the large in just Westmorland Green. Both are handcrafted to order at Coniston Stonecraft’s workshops. 

Supporting passionate local Lake District businesses  

What makes these pieces even more special is that no two are the same. Each Rain Catcher and Umbrella Stand will have individual characteristics and will add flair to any home or business. They also exude Lake District pride and character - not only will you be adding a little touch of this incredible area to your own environment, but you will also be supporting two passionate Lake District businesses, and helping keep the skills on the hills. 

Check out Coniston Stonecraft 

Have a closer look at our slate Rain Catchers and Umbrella Stands, and why not pop into Coniston Stonecraft next time you’re hiking up The Old Man, and experience this wonderful business and industry for yourself? 
 
Great things happen when passionate independent businesses collaborate, and we’re just so pleased to be working with Coniston Stonecraft. Check them out on Instagram and Facebook
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