A National Wood Strategy for England – how to have your say

At the Confor timber conference in London last week, Tom presented an early outline of a national wood strategy for England, and called for input to develop the plan of action. Speaking to an audience including politicians, industry and environmental… Continue Reading →

Transforming British Timber options

“We know it makes sense to use British wood rather than transporting timber from the other side of the world. It means less pollution, less road miles and more investment in our woodlands. We realised we could transform British-grown Ash,… 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 →

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, 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 →

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 →

The Brimstone story continues

After launching Brimstone – our new range of thermally modified British hardwoods – at EcoBuild in March we have a great deal of attention from the architectural and self-build communities. Clearly the combination of superior performance, competitive pricing and local… Continue Reading →

Brimstone is on a roll!

I am hugely proud to share the fact that the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) has chosen Brimstone wood as it’s product of the month. After visiting the Brimstone stand at Ecobuild Executive Chair Gary Newman recommended the thermally modified… Continue Reading →

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