10 years of the great outdoors

Mike Rushton, Sally Rushton and Tony Cameron from Tamarach Outdoors, Barnacre
Mike Rushton, Sally Rushton and Tony Cameron from Tamarach Outdoors, Barnacre
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A Garstang business is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

The adventurous team at Tamarack Outdoors, Sally and Mike Rushton and Tony and Trudie Cameron, chose to mark their memorable moment with a limited edition offer to customers - a very special whittling knife.

The whittling knives, made by master cutler Alan Wood of Northumberland, are used to create bowls, spoons and other objects from timber and among aficionados are collectors’ pieces and have a £300 price tag. Ten have camel bone handles and two have handles of Bocote Mexican Rosewood.

Tamarack Outdoors gets its name from Mike’s favourite tree and started life in Great Eccleston, but outgrew its premises in three years.

Sally said: “The Tamarack grows in North America and Canada and is used for snowshoes.”

The move to the Creamery Industrial Estate at Kenlis Road, Barnacre, near Garstang, was ideal because it gave them space to set up their range of tents and teepees as well as specialist clothes and camping gear.

The team caters for customers camping closer to home and those heading off on expeditions to ultra cold climates. But they also meet local demand, with an open weekend on the last weekend of Garstang Walking Festival.

In addition Tamarack works with Garstang Community Academy assisting with its Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

Mike, a former Grenadier Guardsman, and Sally, a former worker with HSBC Bank, teamed up with fellow bank workers Paul and Trudie to go into business. Now Tamarack also produces its own advice videos and has its own range of camping cookware.