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British Timber

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 →

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 →

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 →

Filming part 7 of Wood For The Trees

In December we filmed part 7 of ‘Wood For the Trees,’ this time looking at Agroforestry. Between lockdowns, on a very cold day, I visited a small farm in Frome, Somerset, to find out more about tree-planting on farms.  The… 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 →

See the wood for the trees: England’s woodland is in decline, and we must act now.

This year, while looking into the future of the UK’s forests, I’ve seen how climate change, pests and pathogens, and lack of investment has already had a huge impact on British woodlands. Currently over 40% of our woodland is unmanaged,… Continue Reading →

Small Woodlands Q&A, Edited transcript

Editor’s note: On 22 November, Tom spoke with Doug King-Smith about the challenges facing small woodland owners. This is an edited transcript of the first part of that conversation. Watch it in full on youtube: https://youtu.be/hMQXf8-fkuc   Tom: Watching the… Continue Reading →

Recreating a Wood Culture: Wood For the Trees part 5

The extent to which we will improve our woodlands, and create new areas of planting in the future will largely depend on society’s view of woodlands. In part 5 of Wood For The Trees, I talked with Gabriel Hemery, forest… 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 →

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