July 2022 News from the Sawmill

Can you believe it’s July! Here’s the latest news from the sawmill.

Follow the build of an amazing larch-clad home in Bath. Check out the good news from ‘Project Grow’. Plus, see where our larch comes from (spoiler alert: it’s just 21 miles from our sawmill).

We’re also pleased to announce that our CPD’s are back after a two year break. And last, but not least, we’ve joined the ‘Accord’ on forestry and climate change.

Let’s go!

Case Study: British larch for Scandi style eco-home

Building this stunning four-bed family home was far from plain sailing. The owners battled the challenges of lockdown, materials shortages – and even had to find their neighbours.

We asked how they built their dream home, why they chose British larch cladding, and what tips they have for anyone considering a similar project.

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Wood Backstories: British larch sourced just 21 miles from our sawmill

If you’ve been looking to buy larch lately, you may have struggled. Since the invasion of Ukraine, imports have all but stopped.

The good news is our native larch is a direct replacement. We’ve recently taken delivery of these amazing larch trees from Hen’s Wood, which is only 21 miles from our sawmill. The trees have been well looked after, so they’re high quality and super straight.

Show me the larch

Continuing Professional Development: CPDs are back!

Here’s some more good news for you. After a break of two years, our CPD presentations are back.

Refreshed for the post Brexit, post Covid world, these sessions are packed full of handy information. Discover what timber is available, where it comes from and what it’s good for.

Take your pick from two topics:

‘Selecting the right timber cladding’


‘Thermally modified hardwoods in construction’

These presentations are made for architects and construction companies. Depending on your location, you can come to our sessions in person, or join us online.

I’d like to know more

Project Grow gets 10/10 from students

Project Grow is a new initiative from Shared Earth Learning, providing a supportive space for young people not in school, work, or training. The pilot project was set up with help from our 1% Woodland Tax.

The results have been amazing. They’ve had exceptional attendance and great feedback from the referring agencies, as well as the young people taking part.

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Podcast: Tom talks to the Tree Radicals

If you’re keen to expand your knowledge on trees – and want to help them – the Tree Radicals podcast is for you.

This episode, with our MD Tom Barnes, discusses the future of timber supply. Today, the woodlands, and the biodiversity they support, are all facing severe threats. Think climate change, pests, diseases and a lack of management.

So what’s the answer? Is there one?

I’m ready to listen


Forestry and Climate Change Partnership

Vastern Timber has signed the Forestry and Climate Change partnership Accord.

What does this mean? Well, we’re joining a group who are trying to protect trees, woods and forests from the effects of climate change.

The Forestry and Climate Change Partnership sets out a collective vision that Britain’s trees, woods and forests are resilient to climate change. This means they’ll be able to continue providing environmental, social and economic benefits for all.

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