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Archive: July 2023


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Solar power for prize-winning British timber cladding

July 14, 2023

Exciting news. We’re now using solar panels and the sun’s energy to transform local British wood into our Brimstone timber cladding. It’s our aim to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. And the installation of solar panels to power our timber cladding plant is an important step in the right direction.  If you’re not already...

Carbon Footprinting Webinar with ASBP

June 19, 2023

Join us for a webinar on Carbon Footprinting with the Alliance of Sustainable Building Materials on 29 June.  Our MD Tom Barnes will be part of a panel discussion on how to assess the carbon footprint of an organisation.  Vastern Timber commissioned JCH Industrial Ecology, a respected environmental consultancy, to carry out an...

Our first full carbon audit is complete

January 13, 2023

[caption id="attachment_38264" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Tom Barnes at Vastern Timber with Callum Hill, an expert in evaluating carbon footprints[/caption] As part of our efforts to reduce the negative impact of our business activities, and to meet the requirements of Business Declares, we’ve completed our first in-depth carbo...

Grown in Britain Techscope AI project

December 20, 2022

What’s the potential for remote sensing and artificial intelligence to help woodland management and creation?   A new project from Grown in Britain sets out to find the answers. We asked Dougal Driver and the team working on this ‘GiB Techscope AI’ project to tell us more.  GiB Techscope AI Project The ultimate aim of this w...

Is England suffering from deforestation?

October 11, 2022

Despite headline-hitting pledges to oversee a massive expansion of our woodlands to help combat climate change, progress in England has been incremental and there is growing evidence that we are losing trees quicker than they are being replaced. Deforestation? In England? You’d be forgiven for thinking that deforestation can’t be a ...

Timber innovation: Rooted Landscapes investigates broadleaf glulam construction.

August 11, 2022

We were delighted to donate timber to Connie Beuchamp, a student who is completing her Masters in Architecture at the University of Arts London. Connie’s ‘Rooted Landscapes’ project explores topics that are very close to our own hearts. We asked her to tell us more about the project: I am an architectural designer and material re...

Apply for funding to help British woodlands

June 22, 2022

Is your organisation striving to protect, improve or expand British Woodlands?  If you’re nodding enthusiastically, you could apply for one of our grants.   How does it work? We’ve recently created our 1% woodland tax. A pledge to donate 1% of our annual turnover to help keep local woodlands thriving. We’re usin...

Tom’s new film asks ‘Can we Plant Enough Trees to Save us from A Warming Planet?’

June 16, 2022

'Wood for the Trees' is a series from Tom Barnes and Charly Le Marchant. Tom is managing director of Vastern Timber, and Charly is a film-maker and sustainability educator. They're both passionate about woods and trees, and since 2019 they've worked together to make films about the future of UK forests. In these short films Tom and Cha...


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