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Archive: June 2022

Apply for funding to help British woodlands

June 22, 2022

Is your organisation striving to protect, improve or expand British Woodlands?  If you’re nodding enthusiastically, you could apply for one of our grants.   How does it work? We’ve recently created our 1% woodland tax. A pledge to donate 1% of our annual turnover to help keep local woodlands thriving. We’re usin...

About Our Timber Purchasing Policy

Since 1904, our timber purchasing policy has been to source wood locally. Our timber purchasing policy document was last updated in 2021, and it is available to download below. Here's a summary:   Our Responsibility  We understand that we have a responsibility to the environment, our staff, customers and suppliers.  ...

Tom’s new film asks ‘Can we Plant Enough Trees to Save us from A Warming Planet?’

June 16, 2022

'Wood for the Trees' is a series from Tom Barnes and Charly Le Marchant. Tom is managing director of Vastern Timber, and Charly is a film-maker and sustainability educator. They're both passionate about woods and trees, and since 2019 they've worked together to make films about the future of UK forests. In these short films Tom and Cha...

Vastern Timber joins Business Declares

June 9, 2022

Before we start, let’s be clear. We fully acknowledge the climate emergency. And recognise that we humans are the cause of it. We also understand that our business has a choice right now. We can carry on as normal and be part of the problem. Or take action and be part of the solution. Our decision is to act. And to be accounta...

Wood backstories: Oak logs from West Dean 

June 1, 2022

Where's this wood from? West Dean Estate in West Sussex. In 1086 West Dean was listed in the Domesday Book as a manor with Hunting grounds. King Edward VII was a regular visitor. More recently the house and estate was home to the poet and surrealist art patron Edward James (1907-1984).  Fortunately for us West Dean is also home ...

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