Is it thermal modification or magic?

Thermal modification is an amazing process, but it is a bit of a mouthful and takes up a lot of Twitter characters. To get around this I have taken to just describing it as ‘Magic’. It started as a flippant… Continue Reading →

British timber: an emotional rollercoaster

Last week I was invited to talk to summer school students at the Sylva Wood Centre. I was asked to talk to them about challenges and opportunities for British grown timber. This is what I told them:     You’ll… Continue Reading →

Comments on “Wood for the Trees”

Producer’s Note: This post collates a few comments about ‘Wood for the Trees,’ a series about woods, trees and tree planting from Tom Barnes and Charly Le Marchant. Wood for the Trees is on Youtube, Facebook and Vimeo, with more… Continue Reading →

Shame on Thames Water for £63k delayed botch job

It’s beyond frustrating that work at Vastern Timber has been delayed by Thames Water’s awful service. We’ve paid them over £63,000 to move their pipe, and 19 weeks into an 8 week job we have a leaky pipe and no… Continue Reading →

Wood for the Trees part 10, Rewilding

Wood for the trees is a series about trees, timber and tree planting. I’ve been working with film-maker Charly Le Marchant since 2019 on these films. It’s been fascinating to talk with experts from different backgrounds and perspectives about their… Continue Reading →

Rewilding the UK, part 10 of Wood for the Trees, coming soon

In part 10 of our series ‘Wood for the Trees’ our series producer, Charly Le Marchant, spoke with Alistair Driver. As director of Rewilding Britain he campaigns to rewild more of the UK landscape. In the film he calls for… Continue Reading →

Notes from Knepp and finding middle ground

This month has been exceptionally busy, with a record number of sales and enquiries, so I had to miss out on a trip to Knepp to meet rewilding expert Alistair Driver for part ten of ‘Wood For The Trees.’  Alistair… Continue Reading →

Sustainable Forestry: The Need for Nurture, part 9 of Wood For The Trees

There’s a lot going on at the moment in the context of forestry and the wider environment. The England Tree Strategy has just been published, the Sixth Global Carbon Budget was recently announced, and the UK government is putting proposals… Continue Reading →

Calling for a National Timber Strategy at the Parliamentary Group on Tree Planting

I’ve been asked to speak to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry and Tree Planting today. This is what I’m planning to say: Last time I presented to you I talked about the benefits of using home-grown timber and… Continue Reading →

Wood for The Trees #8, with Future Trees Trust, “Growing improved trees for timber”

Using more timber can reduce the carbon costs of construction, but where will the wood we need in future come from? We’re already the second biggest importer of timber globally, and that’s before we fully embrace the use of bio-based… Continue Reading →

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