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Making Woods Work: The National Forest Launches New Wood Products and Services Website

Thursday, 21st March 2013

Stacked timber

A new online market place for buyers and sellers of woodland related services and wood products has been set up by the National Forest Company (NFC).

Over the last twenty years, woodland cover throughout the 200 square miles of The National Forest has increased from 6% to over 19%. Over 8 million trees have been planted and there is now a huge range of woodland related businesses in and around the Forest.

The new Wood Products and Services website aims to support and develop the woodland economy for these businesses. It will connect timber growers with forestry contractors, forestry agents, suppliers of wood products and with potential customers. Developing the ‘woodland economy’, to support those whose livelihoods depend on the trees in a variety of ways, has always been part of the strategic development of The National Forest. 

The website features a range of services and lists information on who plants trees and manages woodlands; who sells logs and timber products; who has expertise in wood fuel or carries out woodland surveys. The information can be found through a useful search function that also details locations and distances.

Matt Brocklehurst, Head of Forestry for the NFC, said: “With over 6,500 hectares of young woodland and 3,000 hectares of previously established, maturing woodland, it is essential that mechanisms are now put in place to help facilitate the sustainable management of National Forest woodlands into the future. This website is one important step in helping to develop a vibrant and functional woodland economy in the region.

“The National Forest aims to produce high quality, sustainable timber and wood products. As the woodlands grow their economic potential increases but good woodland management and timely thinning is essential.”

Matt continued: “Along with wider environmental, social and landscape considerations, productive woodland management needs to have short and long-term timber markets in mind. Early thinnings can be used for wood fuel, fencing and rustic garden products. Timber grown for the longer term can be used in building construction, joinery and to make high quality furniture. There is also increasing potential to supply wood for niche markets such as wood turning, basket ware, wood crafts and charcoal manufacture.”

So, for information on timber crafts, furniture, fencing, garden or coppice products; round timber, sawn timber or wood fuel; or consultancy services, timber marketing, timber processing, tree and woodland management in The National Forest, see the new Wood Products and Services page of our website.

Photo credit: 2020VISION/Ross Hoddinott