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Founded by Lake District brand Herdy in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lux­ury Bri­tish mat­tress maker Har­ri­son Spinks, herdysleep uses re­spon­si­bly sourced ma­te­ri­als to craft com­fort­able, rol­lable, hand-fin­ished mat­tresses. Co-founder Dar­ren Mar­can­gelo ex­plains more.

We use wool from Herdwick sheep, a breed that is syn­ony­mous with the Lake District.

The wool trade has strug­gled in re­cent years, so we pay twice the mar­ket rate for each kilo­gram of Herdwick wool, help­ing to keep a lo­cal her­itage trade alive.

Herdwick sheep are an ex­tremely hardy breed.

They roam some of the UK’S high­est moun­tains through the win­ter months, so they have de­vel­oped a re­ally durable and hard-wear­ing fleece that pro­vides their bod­ies with an e≠ec­tive bar­rier against the elements.

Wool is a bril­liant choice for a mat­tress fill­ing as it is nat­u­rally sup­port­ive.

When blended with cot­ton and cash­mere, it pro­vides a cosy, com­fort­able sleep­ing sur­face. It is great at reg­u­lat­ing body tem­per­a­ture, too, as well as be­ing nat­u­rally fire-re­tar­dant, hy­poal­ler­genic and anti-bac­te­rial.

As Herdwick sheep are sheared once a year, it can take up to 12 months to pro­duce one of our mat­tresses.

We have a team of en­gi­neers in our York­shire work­shop who de­sign and build each pocket spring from scratch – and each mat­tress has up to 6,000 pocket springs. Once the chem­i­cal­free sleep­ing sur­face fab­ric is wo­ven and the fill­ings have been blended, the craftsper­son will hand tuft and tape edge each mat­tress be­fore it is rolled, boxed and ready for de­liv­ery.

York­shire has a strong his­tory of man­u­fac­tur­ing beds and mat­tresses.

That means we have ac­cess to highly skilled crafts­peo­ple who have passed time-hon­oured tra­di­tions and tech­niques from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. We are a fam­ily busi­ness and sup­port­ing the lo­cal econ­omy is im­por­tant to us, but we’re also con­tin­u­ally in­no­vat­ing. herdysleep is the first “bed in a box” mat­tress that uses tra­di­tional mak­ing tech­niques, plus the mat­tresses are crafted just down the road from the Lakes, mean­ing we are able to keep our car­bon foot­print low.

Wool is in­cred­i­bly ver­sa­tile and can be used for so many di≠er­ent pur­poses, from fab­ric, cloth­ing and hand­bags to car­pets and mat­tresses.

I love that peo­ple are con­tin­u­ally com­ing up with new and ex­cit­ing ways to use this ma­te­rial – it has so many in­her­ent prop­er­ties that the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less. We are cer­tainly go­ing to keep on de­vel­op­ing prod­ucts us­ing Bri­tish wool and to en­cour­age oth­ers to do so too, in or­der to push the bound­aries.

herdysleep, herdysleep.com.

FROM TOP Made in the UK us­ing tra­di­tional skills, each herdysleep mat­tress is filled with a full fleece blended with cot­ton and cash­mere; the wool is re­spon­si­bly sourced from sus­tain­ably farmed Herdwick sheep in the Lake District; the nat­u­ral fill­ings are combined with up to 6,000 be­spoke pocket springs to pro­vide a re­spon­sive and sup­port­ive sur­face that is lux­u­ri­ously com­fort­able.

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