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Timber Series: Site Visit to Timber Harvesting and Saw Mill – Salisbury

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A repeat of the first event in our three-part series on timber construction - extra date added due to popular demand!
1. Site Visit to Timber Harvesting and Saw Mill - Salisbury 27 April 2022 09:45-15:30
Site Visit to Timber Harvesting and Saw Mill - Salisbury 6 July 2022 10:15-15:30
2. Reforesting the UK: the Pros and Cons of Home Grown Timber - Online 12 May 2022 16:00-18:00

Timber in Construction: three-part series

The Green Register is delighted to announce a new three-part series on Timber in Construction.

We've held events on this subject before where the focus has been on a specific aspect of timber but this series will be looking at the journey from forest to final products and the steps in between.

Timber is one of the few building materials that can be considered carbon neutral and its versatility - from structural use through to cladding, finishes and furniture - means it is a popular choice for those looking to reduce the environmental impact of construction.

But much of our timber comes from abroad with the associated carbon emissions of transport plus there are challenges ensuring that it is sourced from sustainably managed forests. We need to change from commodity trading of timber towards adopting it as a strategic asset again.

Added to this are the cultural barriers to using timber in buildings in the UK, arguably dating back to the Great Fire of London through to the recent tragedy of Grenfell tower resulting in a reluctance to specify timber, despite all its positive qualities. 

Join us for this new series as we explore the journey of timber in construction, and look out for a fourth date in the series on the topic of innovating uses for timber, including news of the ASBP's ‘Timber Accelerator Hub’ set up with the aim of enabling more mass timber construction.


About this Session: Site Visit to Timber Harvesting and Saw Mill - Salisbury

The Green Register is offering a unique talk and tour that will explain how timber is sustainably harvested and processed.

Places are strictly limited so book early to secure your place!

Wessex Woodland Management Ltd is offering attendees a visit to one of their timber harvesting sites including a discussion on log quality, specifications and grading.

East Brothers Timber Ltd, located near Salisbury, will give a tour of the saw mill to show many of the processes on site such as log debarking and cutting together with timber kilning and the Rex Moulder in action “profiling” .

  • Refreshments and lunch provided. 
  • Site PPE must be worn at all times: hard hat, hi-viz and safety boots.
  • Please let us know if you need us to provide PPE AHEAD of the visit
  • Places are strictly limited.


10.15        Meet at *TBA*

10.50        Arrive at *TBA*

12.00        Depart from harvesting site and drive to *TBA*

12.45        Lunch – please advise of any dietary requirements.

13.30        Assemble for sawmill tour, we shall take you through all of our processes on site.

  • Log yard stocks, log de-barking, logs cut by our 2 band mills, timber conversion, biomass boiler, timber kilning, our Rex Moulder in action “profiling” and our imported hardwood department.
  • Discussion on grading, quality, durability and sustainability. 

15.15        Summary – Tea & Coffee and depart. 

15.30        Close


Green Register members £62.50 / Non-members £87.50 / Members of partner organisations (Woodknowledge Wales, GHA, ASBP) £75

Special offers

  • discounted partnership rate for members of partnership organisations, see above
  • book 3 places for the price of 2 (where the same 3 delegates attend the same event/s) - use discount code: 342

Health & Safety at the session:

This event will take place as an in-person, live session. A risk assessment has been undertaken and social distancing and hygiene measures will be in place. As a result, the number of places will be strictly limited so please book early to secure your place.

Please can we ask delegates to:

  • Observe social distancing as requested at the session
  • Bring a mask to wear if indoors at any point
  • PPE requirements are hard hat, hi-viz and safety boots (let us know AHEAD of the visit if you need us to provide PPE)
  • You will need your own transport to travel to the saw mill and to / from the timber harvesting site (lifts previously offered are not now possible due to Covid-19 restrictions)

We thank all delegates in observing health and safety guidelines.

About the speakers

Richard Baker, Managing Director, Wessex Woodland Management Ltd

Richard joined Wessex Woodland as Managing Director in January 2021. Well-known and respected within the forest industry, he joined the company with a wealth of knowledge and experience over his 32 years within the industry. 

Richard ran his own forestry contracting business for 15 years, before joining Tilhill Forestry Ltd in 2002 as an Area Harvesting Manager and was promoted to Regional Manager in 2008 covering Timber Operations in England. Most recently Richard was Operations Director for East Brothers Timber Ltd. 

Richard brings experience that covers, forest and project management, round timber marketing, standing timber valuations, quality hardwood valuations and consultancy. 
nning of business production.


Mark Gilbert, General Director, East Brothers Timber Ltd

Starting his forestry training in 1997 at Bangor University with a BSc (hons) in Forestry and forest products Mark had a bright and standing future ahead of him.

Mark has spent his whole profession learning, developing, building, and supporting the forestry industry. Evolving his career at East Brothers Timber, he now sits as one of the key directors of the company aiming to spearhead its future into the evolution of the trade, aiming to grow it protentional with the times. 

With an abundance of knowledge within the trade he specialises in transportation, purchasing and grading whilst maintaining the day-to-day operations and running of business production.


July 6th, 2022 10:15 through 15:30
TBC - near Salisbury
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Members - this event only £62.50
Member of partner organisations - this event only £75.00
Non-Members - this event only £87.50
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