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Archive: August 2022

What is the best wood for timber cladding?

August 5, 2022

We're often asked this tricky question, and in truth, there is no "best".... but there are better options depending on your taste, budget and project. The first question to ask is: what wood is available? On the back of Brexit, Covid and the Ukraine war, many wood species have become very expensive and, in some cases, scarce. Canadi...

Vastern Timber joins Business Declares

June 9, 2022

Before we start, let’s be clear. We fully acknowledge the climate emergency. And recognise that we humans are the cause of it. We also understand that our business has a choice right now. We can carry on as normal and be part of the problem. Or take action and be part of the solution. Our decision is to act. And to be accounta...

Future Trees Trust Supporter Day Surprise

May 30, 2022

Vastern Timber doubled its donation to the Future Trees Trust. The surprise announcement was made by MD Tom Barnes at Future Trees Trust Supporters Day, held at Vastern Timber last week. The increased support was welcomed by FTT head of research Dr Jo Clark. Dr Jo Clark welcomes the increased funding for the FTT The Future Trees...

Five reasons why timber is so expensive right now

May 10, 2022

If you’ve been looking at buying wood lately, you may have been surprised. The price of many of the popular wood species has doubled over the last couple of years. And, while standard building softwood seems to have levelled off or dropped back a bit, more specialist woods like oak are getting more expensive. The big question is: ...

How we turn trees into beautiful oak planks

February 3, 2022

It may be hibernation time. But at Vastern Timber, we couldn’t be further from hibernation mode. In fact, if you popped down to our sawmill right now, you’d witness a hive of activity. These cold, damp days are actually very helpful for us. When the temperature drops and the humidity increases, it’s the optimum time for sawing oa...

Customer notice: electrical work planned for 29 Sept

September 28, 2021

Electrical infrastructure works are taking place at our Wootton Bassett site as part of ongoing work to expand our  production capacity. These works require a short power outage which we expect to affect our operations for a few hours on 29 September. We may be unable to respond to messages for a brief period, and we expect our paymen...

Part ten of Wood for the trees, on rewilding

August 9, 2021

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 was filmed a...

Customer notice: electrical work planned for 3rd August

July 30, 2021

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 a short time. We appreciate...

Season’s greetings & Happy new saw!

December 22, 2020

Christmas came early at the Vastern Timber sawmill when the new Primultini band mill carriage saw was delivered. Safely unloading this huge machine took a little time...  (video best with sound) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1RkbEhai38 Come next year we’ll be cutting even faster and better than before with this fine machine. I...

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