21 Aug 2020

Seeds from China, what harm can they do? Somebody in China is sending packets of seeds to 10’s of thousands of random recipients around the world and nobody seems to know why. Why are we not screaming in anger? Has Covid-19 taught us nothing? Biosecurity is arguably a more pressing issue than climate change. If […]

01 Jul 2020
Oak framing is a little bit like the island of Tortuga in the film Pirates of The Caribbean, only less drunken and dangerous. If you know what you are doing raising an oak frame is simple, if you’ve never done it before it can be disastrous. The trick is just as Captain Jack Sparrow would [...]
25 Apr 2019

  Did you know most homeowners have the right to improve, extend or build a separate structure to the existing dwelling house without the need to apply for planning permission, providing the extent of the work is proportional to the existing house. If you’re extending or improving your home you could be saving time and […]

21 Feb 2019

The future of Britain’s most iconic tree is in peril Britain has more ancient oak trees than the rest of Europe combined, making the Oak a quintessential part of our national identity. The oak tree is a vital habitat for biodiversity, creates the familiar beauty of our landscape and is a construction material used for […]

24 Jul 2018

Commissioning Oak Structures that will Last More than a Lifetime   I’ve just returned from picturesque rural Kent attending the funeral for my wife’s grandmother who died recently aged 98, this was not a sad time, it was a celebration of a long interesting life with over 20 great grandchildren to show for it. I […]

04 May 2018
British Oak Logs

At a time of unprecedented demand for European oak, why are prices at rock bottom?  Why is it now unusual for businesses who invest in stock and processing capabilities to make a profit on their activities?  Consumers, be they specifiers, architects or retail, place ever greater demands on the qualities of oak in order to […]

28 Mar 2018

  Sawmills cut beams for immediate supply and surplus saw capacity goes into stock, most of this production is in standard sections and it is available for sale from day one. At times of low demand the beam stock in sawmills will build up, at times of high demand, like we have now and for […]