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Wood For The Trees 4: Valuing the Health Benefits of Trees

In part four of ‘Wood For The Trees’ I talked to Suzi Martineu, founder of The Tree Conference. During the Covid-19 lockdown, we talked about how we value the health benefits of trees. We looked the relationship between people and… Continue Reading →

Wood For The Trees 3: On Resilient Woodlands

I’m making a series of videos, exploring hopes and fears for the future of our forests. In the second film I talked with Dougal Driver, of Grown in Britain, about why we manage woodlands. This February, we filmed at the beautiful Dartington… Continue Reading →

Wood For The Trees 2, on why we manage our woodlands

This year, I’m making a series of short videos, exploring hopes and fears for the future of our forests. The second in the series was filmed on a crisp sunny day as I talked with Dougal Driver, of Grown in… Continue Reading →

Reflecting on ‘Wood for the trees’ film 2

Filmed on 11 Jan 2020 So, that’s another day’s filming done in our series about the future of British forests, and today we’ve been talking about woodland management, what it is and why it’s important. I’ve been lucky enough today… Continue Reading →

Wood for the trees: films exploring the future of our forests

In 2020 I’m working with a team of activist filmmakers to record a series of conversations with experts about the future of our forests. I have worked with wood all my life, as have the past three generations of my family,… Continue Reading →

2019 Highlights and plans for 2020

It’s been a very busy couple of years, and I’m about to head off to the Vastern Timber Christmas party as we close for the festive break. But before I do I’ll share a few highlights from 2019. What a year! We… Continue Reading →

A Quick Guide to Sycamore

Reputedly introduced into Britain in the fifteenth century, the sycamore is now considered to be a native species. Sycamore timber is prized for its creamy white colour which is preserved through the use of special drying techniques and by felling… Continue Reading →

VASTERN TIMBER PROMOTES IMPORTANCE OF SPECIFYING BRITISH TIMBER AT MATERIALS 2017

Vastern Timber, the Wootton Bassett based sawmill, will be exhibiting at Materials 2017 – the new conference and exhibition taking place at the ILEC Centre, Earls Court, which focusses entirely on material solutions for architecture, construction, and design. Offering a… Continue Reading →

Brimstone interviewed at UK Construction week 2016

It’s been quite a year since we launched the thermally-modified British hardwood range, Brimstone Wood back at EcoBuild in March. Watch the interview at this year’s UK Construction week 2016.

Vastern’s English oak used for a unique cross sculpture

It’s always pleasing to see Vastern Timber’s products being used in really interesting and unusual projects. One recent example was this oak cross sculpture by the artist Harriet Hill – a commission for a school in London. Harriet searched high… Continue Reading →

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