Making More Out of UK Timber
Dr. Dan Ridley-Ellis
The Centre for Wood Science & technology (CWST)
Increasing the economic value of home grown timber
Despite the size of the UK’s forestry industry, we still import most of the timber we use in construction. However, the University’s Centre for Wood Science and Technology has been focusing on increasing the use of home grown timber, particularly with the main commercial species like Sitka spruce, which can play a much bigger role in the country’s construction industry.
The Centre’s work includes improving European standards for structural timber production, grading of timber, the segregation of logs and trees for optimal conversion into useable material, and advising the UK’s tree-planting and breeding programmes on future wood quality.
There’s also work under way to improve the general perception of UK-grown timber for construction use. The Centre’s work has helped reduce wastage of energy and raised the value of wood throughout the industry, enhancing sustainable growth in forest areas.