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Archive: November 2022

Brimstone wins Build It award for ‘best cladding’

November 30, 2022

We’re delighted to announce that Brimstone Cladding won the Build It Magazine award for ‘Best Cladding Product’ in November 2022.  The Build It Award was presented at a glitzy event in central London, hosted by comedian and writer Mark Steel. Presenting the award for 'Best Cladding', he said "our winner is durable and versatile...

Sawmill & Show Home tour for DEFRA delegation

November 24, 2022

Last week, Vastern Timber, Veya Homes and Grown in Britain welcomed a delegation from DEFRA and the Forestry Commission. Guests were taken on a tour of Vastern's sawmill, and then visited a new house build from Veya Homes, highlighting the potential of British grown timber in sustainable construction. The group of DEFRA officials a...

The big reveal: we explain the annual gamble of sawing oak logs

November 10, 2022

After a year of accumulating an impressive stack of oak ‘butts’ (no sniggering), the saws are sharp, the weather has cooled and we’re ready to start sawing some absolutely amazing oak logs. This is one of our favourite times of the year, but the sawing season can also be a bit of a lottery. Because, as Forrest Gump said: “y...

Sycamore success stories at Future Trees Trust

November 8, 2022

Since 2019 Vastern Timber has supported the Future Trees Trust in their work to help future forests thrive. The FTT is the only UK charity working to improve broadleaved trees by conventional selective breeding. Their researchers work to ensure that the next generation of broadleaved trees will deliver all the environmental, social and ec...

ACAN Natural Materials Masterclass: Brimstone & Thermal modification

November 7, 2022

On 7 Nov, the Architects CAN Natural Materials group hosted a free webinar on using local timber. The Natural Materials Masterclass on Specifying, Growing and Using UK Timber featured expert speakers including our MD Tom Barnes.  Read on for more about the speakers, and for Tom's slides from his talk on thermally modified timber. Abo...

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