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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 →

Vastern Timber Cladding Wins National Award

Jointed British Sweet Chestnut Cladding wins Best Cladding System at Build It Awards Vastern Timber, which operates two sawmills in Wiltshire, is celebrating after one of its key products triumphed at the national Build It Awards. The company’s Jointed British… Continue Reading →

Timber Cladding – How To Consider Weathering

As a natural material, timber cladding needs a little extra understanding to ensure long term successful implementation, as Tom Barnes of Vastern Timber explains. The use of timber cladding has boomed in recent decades. In many cases timber cladding still… Continue Reading →

The Real Benefits Of English Oak – The Most Iconic Of British Woods

Oak remains perhaps the most iconic of British hardwoods, but how does English oak fare against imported oak, and do designers and specifiers fully understand and appreciate the available choices and advantages of English oak over imported timber? Tom Barnes… Continue Reading →

Timber Cladding – Getting It Right

While timber cladding is a technique that has been used for millennia, its use has boomed in recent decades, driven largely by a push for more sustainability in building, as well as a renewed appreciation of its aesthetic benefits. In… Continue Reading →

The Challenge To Make Timber Truly Sustainable

It seems ridiculous to suggest that timber is in anyway not a sustainable material. Surely timber represents one of the most sustainable materials known? After all, it has served humanity well since the dawn of history and the ability of… Continue Reading →

Truly sustainable timber

Sustainability has been a dominant theme in construction for many years. We all want the houses we build to be energy efficient and have a minimum environmental impact, and that sentiment extends to the specific materials we use in construction…. Continue Reading →

Timber Cladding – The Lessons Learned

For many architects, designers and self-builders, timber is a material they often have less familiarity with when used as an exterior feature. But as timber cladding installations mature it’s time to reflect on what has and hasn’t worked. Tom Barnes… Continue Reading →

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