HARDWOOD sawmiller Vastern Timber​ has announced a three-year partnership with tree improvement charity Future Trees Trust (FTT).

Vastern Timber is donating £5,000 a year, for the next three years, to support the costs of Future Trees Trust’s work with sycamore. It will also feature Future Trees Trust’s work as part of its Wood for the Trees film series, to help publicise the work of the FTT.

Sycamore is a key species for Vastern Timber, whose Brimstone cladding is made from thermally-modified, British-grown sycamore. The product relies on a continuous source of UK-grown, top-quality sycamore timber. Future Trees Trust’s work will help to ensure such a supply.

The partnership will see Vastern shooting another in its Wood for the Trees films at Future Trees Trust’s sycamore progeny trial at the Bathurst Estate in Gloucestershire, early in 2021.

Tom Barnes​, managing director of Vastern Timber, said: “We are pleased to support the Future Trees Trust sycamore seed trial, which is a perfect fit for Vastern Timber. Our sawmills have worked with locally grown timber since 1904, and this project underlines our commitment to continue working with British-grown wood.”

Tim Rowland​, chief executive officer at Future Trees Trust, added: “We’re delighted to be working with Vastern Timber. It’s clear that Tom and Vastern are totally committed to the future of home-grown hardwoods, and working with them to ensure a future for timber-producing sycamore trees is a great match. Their passion for what we’re trying to achieve makes working together incredibly mutually beneficial.”

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