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Building in Wood – the future for all timber growers?
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Innovations in timber engineering, processing and procurement are creating exciting opportunities for British-grown timber – and will be put under the spotlight at the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) NDG James Memorial conference on 1 May 2014.

The conference, at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, brings together industry leaders and opinion formers to discuss the prospects for timber growing in the UK from all perspectives – from the timber growers to processors, buyers, and users. It is being held in association with the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE), and is supported by Confor, Grown in Britain and TRADA.

Building in wood (Clinton Devon Estate Office) © Jez Ralph

Speakers include: Dr Ed Suttie, Director of Sustainable Materials, BRE; Richard Harris, Professor of Timber Engineering, University of Bath; Peter Wilson, Director of the Wood Studio at Edinburgh Napier University; Michael Eliasson, Director of Swedish Wood andBen Law, The Roundwood Timber Framing Company Limited; and Jez Ralph of Timber Strategies. There will also be plenary discussions.

RFS Development Director Simon Lloyd says: “Research is increasing our knowledge of how to grow timber suitable for use in construction. Grown in Britain is creating favourable conditions to pull more UK-grown timber through to market. These developments create new opportunities to add value at every stage of the timber supply chain.

“This is a chance to showcase examples of large and small scale buildings using locally grown timber; andexploring the science and art of growing trees for construction markets.”

Visit our NDG James Memorial Conference event page for further details. RFS members are entitled to a 50% discount on conference ticket prices. Space is limited so please book early.

To book tickets, please visit or call Emily Stilwell ( at RASE on 024 76 858 252.



Building in Wood Conference flyer 14/01/14 pdf (click to download)

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