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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. […]

How to fix larch cladding

Larch cladding is hard and naturally durable, making it a great choice for buildings that need a tough exterior. It is important to understand how larch behaves. If you’re considering installing larch timber cladding, follow our golden guidelines for the best results…     1. Expect movement Larch has many good qualities but stability is not […]

Over 15,000 views of ‘Wood for the Trees’

Vastern Timber MD Tom Barnes presents “Wood For The Trees,” a series of short films about British woods and woodlands, that has over 15,000 views on YouTube. The 9th episode, “Sustainable Forestry and the Need for Nurture” was filmed at the Bathurst estate, in May 2021. The story so far… In part one, Tom introduced […]

Comparing Oak and Sweet Chestnut cladding

Oak and sweet chestnut are great options for timber cladding, and our latest video compares these two timbers, to help with your decision making. Oak is the UK’s favourite hardwood. It’s strong, hard and tough but it can be unstable. By comparison, Sweet Chestnut is light, it’s more stable, but it is a bit softer. […]

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