Vastern Timber gathers supply chain for grown in Britain Week

By Anita Jaynes on 16 October, 2014

Royal Wootton Bassett based Vastern Timber is hosting representatives from across the hardwood industry supply chain on Friday  October 17.  The event delegates will discuss the challenges and opportunities for British timber.

The event, entitled ‘Building Connections’, takes place during ‘Grown in Britain’ week and will be attended by architects, structural engineers, construction companies, owners of woodland management companies, and furniture makers, as well as Sir Harry Studholme, Chair of the Forestry Commission.

Speaking about the event, Tom Barnes Director at Vastern Timber said “We held the first Building Connections seminar and open day last year to support Grown in Britain week and as it was such a success, we decided to organise an annual sequel.

“The purpose of the event is to create a bridge between those that grow the trees, those that process trees and those that design and turn them into elements of the built environment. We will be discussing key issues for the British timber industry to identify both challenges and opportunities, and in doing so will be helping to promote an ancient industry which predates almost all other British industries. The overriding aim is to increase the management of British woodlands through greater use of British grown timber products in the built environment.”

With a heritage stretching back to 1904, Vastern Timber has established itself as one of the leading processors and suppliers of British hardwoods. In July the company supplied English oak for the reconstruction of the drawbridge at the Tower of London, one of the most famous symbols of British heritage and history. The drawbridge was originally created in 1834.

At the Building Connections event, hosted jointly by Vastern Timber and Tyler Hardwoods, delegates will gather for a day of informative presentations, lively discussion and a tour of a busy hardwood sawmill. The focus of the tour will be the beautiful English ash, from tree to finished product. On display will be examples of stunning furniture and joinery all constructed from ash grown in our native woodlands.

Grown in Britain week takes place 13 to 19 of October and is a national celebration of British woods and the societal values and products that they contribute. To find out more visit