March 2023 News from the Sawmill

We’ve got lots of news to share with you this month. We’re celebrating winning three national awards! And yes, we will take any excuse to celebrate and spread the good word about local wood.

There’s more. Remember those AA logs? We’ve got an update – and the medullary rays were spectacular. Join us at the sawmill to see how these special logs were cut.

You can also get the lowdown on a fabulous live edge oak table, 230,000 trees in Yorkshire, and a nomination for a transformative renovation with Brimstone sycamore.

Let’s go.

A hat trick of trophies

Over the last few months, we’re chuffed to have picked up three national awards. The Build It Magazine’s award for ‘Best Cladding’, ASBP People’s Choice Award for Brimstone, our British grown timber cladding – and Confor’s ‘Changing Attitudes’ award for our MD, Tom.

It’s wonderful to win, but our work is about more than awards. We hope this national recognition will help us spread the word about the importance of buying local wood for thriving British woodlands.

Find out more

AA Oak with Gaze Burvill

Remember those amazing AA logs we put on our blog last year? We welcomed Simon from Gaze Burvill to the sawmill recently to watch us open them up.

Simon and some of the team at the luxury outdoor furniture makers joined us for the big reveal. We were all hoping to see some beautiful wood, and we did. In fact, it surpassed all expectations.

We’re now looking forward to our next visit to the Gaze Burvill workshop, to see what happens next.

See the AA oak for yourself

Live edge table

Speaking of oak, we’ve really enjoyed watching Callum at the Winchester Furniture Company making this huge live edge oak table.

He used some spectacular pippy oak from our sawmills and shared the ongoing journey of its creation on social media. We were all hooked.

Take a look and you’ll see why

Could this be England’s biggest tree planting project?

Recently, Charly travelled to The Broughton Hall Estate in Yorkshire to see a huge planting project. Over 230,000 trees have been planted there using Nature for Climate and Trees for Climate Fund money.

Director of Rewilding Britain, Prof Alastair Driver, spoke to her about some of the barriers to tree planting. You can see the full story in the next Wood for the Trees film which will be released soon (ish).

Find out more about filming

Transparency of timber sourcing

The latest Evolving Forests blog is about the importance of transparency in timber sourcing. The key question is this: “where does the raw material come from?”

It’s a thought provoking read, which is well worth a look. And we’re not just saying that because they mention our commitment to local sourcing for Brimstone wood. Honest!

Congratulations to Young & Co for First Haus

First Haus by Young & Co has been longlisted by Don’t Move, Improve. NLA London’s annual competition and programme celebrating the best redesigned homes in the city.

NLA is London’s built environment community, an independent, purpose-led organisation. This award recognises the best transformations of existing buildings across the capital.

We were delighted to have supplied the British-grown external cladding for the project. Brimstone Sycamore ticked all the boxes and met the high demands of this environmentally-conscious build.

You can find out more about the project here


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