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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 →

Season’s Greetings, and Happy New Saw!

I’d like to send hearty Season’s Greetings to all after this very unusual year. It’s not been easy for anyone, but despite the difficulties, our customers have clearly been busy this year and we have been flat out to keep… 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 →

Brimstone thermally modified British ash makes its house build debut…

Our new Brimstone product has had a fantastic reception since we launched it in March, but there’s nothing quite like seeing it being used in a real-life build. Here’s how Modernarc – a very impressive, innovative design and construction company… Continue Reading →

Brimstone shortlisted for top award for timber industry innovation

There was more great news for Vastern Timber recently, as we learned that our Brimstone thermally-modified wood product has been shortlisted for the 2016 TTJ Timber Innovation Awards, sponsored by TRADA and Timber Expo. These are the main awards in… Continue Reading →

Superb use of larch cladding and decking in Miner’s Cottage renovation

The annual Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovation Award is Britain’s premier awards scheme for self builders and renovators, so it was great to see Vastern Timber make a key contribution to one of this year’s shortlisted projects. Miner’s Cottage I… Continue Reading →

Timber Cladding Secrets Explained

Timber cladding secrets explained Timber cladding has boomed in recent years. However, as early installations now mature it’s time to reflect on what has and hasn’t worked. Tom Barnes of Vastern Timber reflects on the ways to ensure cladding installed… Continue Reading →

Siberian larch is a hit

It’s always nice when customers are over the moon with timber they receive. Mick Gemson from Malvern very kindly sent in some pictures of an extension he’s built to an old cottage, using Siberian larch cladding from Vastern Timber. Mick’s done… Continue Reading →

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