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“Use British-grown wood to restore Parliament”

“To genuinely try to use local material we have to start very early and look at what’s possible,” said Tom Barnes. This September, Vastern Timber MD Tom Barnes joined the All Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry and Tree Planting, to discuss the role that British timber could play in the repair and renewal of Westminster. […]

British timber summit at Sylva Wood School

This week, Tom Barnes, MD of Vastern Timber, visited the Sylva Foundation. He gave a short talk on the British grown timber supply chain to Sylva Wood Summer School students, and then joined a fascinating tour of the Sylva Wood site – which includes a young forest,  several woodworking workshops, a teaching ‘barn’ and more. […]

The timber store is a treasure trove

The Timber Store at our showroom and sawmill, near Wootton Bassett, is a treasure trove for timber lovers. It’s where the ‘smaller’ pieces from our sawmill are on sale. The selection varies, but there’s plenty to choose from, including oak, elm, yew and sequoia – and most of the timber is sourced from UK forests. […]

Covid safety information

Covid safety information for visitors to our sites Our Wootton Bassett showroom is open for visitors. To visit our self-select timber store, or to consult with a member of our sales team please book a visit. Please note that to protect our team and our customers, we have covid-safety measures in place, and ask all […]

Part ten of Wood for the trees, on rewilding

Hundreds of people have liked, shared and watched the latest episode of ‘Wood for the Trees,’ since its release 3 days ago on youtube and vimeo. This series, about wood, trees and tree planting, is a project from film-maker Charly Le Marchant and Vastern Timber managing director Tom Barnes. Part ten looks at rewilding, and […]

WoodBUILD podcast: Interest grows in low carbon materials

The WoodBUILD podcast is hosted by David Hedges at WoodKnowledge Wales, and the latest episode features Vastern Timber MD Tom Barnes, talking about trees and timber with chartered forester, Andrew Bronwin, director of Bronwin & Abbey. In the podcast, Tom Barnes says “The interest is growing in materials that have a negligible carbon impact, and […]

Customer notice: electrical work planned for 3rd August

On Tuesday 3rd August electrical infrastructure works are taking place at our Wootton Bassett site. These will require a short power outage which we expect to affect our operations for a few hours. We may be unable to respond to messages for a brief period, and we expect our payment process to be offline for […]

Local alternatives to imported timber are in the news

High demand for timber products is in the news. Our MD Tom Barnes, in Timber Media, said “Canadian cedar is becoming extremely hard to find, and very expensive to buy. Where companies do still have stocks, the price has risen to well over £100 /M2.” Tom said “fortunately, British grown options remain available and affordable. […]

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