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Timber Business

Thursday, 13th May 2010


This is thought to be the first time that locally sourced timber has been used as part of a larger scale building project in the Forest. The timber has been supplied through the Ten Mile Timber Company, based at Staunton Harold. Larch is particularly resilient and weather-resistant and therefore an ideal material for the exterior of buildings. 


John Blunt, owner of Staunton Harold Estate and grower of the trees, said: ‘We used selected trees from an 80 year old larch plantation.  When my father and I took over the Estate the farmer opposite the plantation could remember the trees being planted.  Thinning the woodland in this way benefits the light-hungry trees that are left standing, which will grow on strongly before being used and replaced at some future date.’  


The small units, which are ideally suited for wood and forest related businesses and environmental technology firms, are being built by J. Tomlinson Ltd of Nottingham, to BREEAM excellent standard: the leading and widely used environmental assessment method for sustainable buildings.


Patrick Cassidy, Managing Director at J Tomlinson Ltd, said: ‘We are delighted to deliver another highly sustainable construction project exemplifying the protection of the site’s sensitive environment and minimising carbon footprint. This is the third project incorporating biomass technology in the last nine months for the company, with others planned for the future.’


Clive Keble, Chief Officer for Land and Project Development at the National Forest Company, said: ‘The design, with a whole range of sustainable features, including wood fuel heating and the use of larch cladding from trees grown in the Forest, exemplifies the sort of high quality development we wish to see in The National Forest.’


Malcolm Roseburgh of South Derbyshire District Council, who will manage the units, said: ‘The business units are a really good addition to this site within The National Forest and it is great to see the incorporation of new technologies which help reduce the carbon footprint of the building and use trees grown nearby to heat it.’


Costing more than £500,000, the project has been funded by the Derbyshire Economic Partnership, the National Forest Company, The Forestry Commission, South Derbyshire District Council and Derbyshire County Council. The architects are William Saunders.


The units, which will be available for occupation from July, are available for letting now and anyone interested in finding out more should contact Clive Keble at NFC on 01283 551211