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Sowing seeds for timber skyscrapers – University of Cambridge

“The sustainable forests of Europe take just 7 seconds to grow the volume of timber required for a 3 bedroom apartment, and 4 hours to grow a 300 metre supertall skyscraper. Canada’s sustainable forests alone yield enough timber to house a billion people in perpetuity, with forested trees replenishing faster than their eventual occupants.” Great...

Wooden skyscrapers could be the future for cities | The Economist

Following on from the recent New Scientist article on the future uses of wood in construction, we were pleased to see further exploration of the topic by The Economist as part of their Daily Watch series. “Wooden skyscrapers are an ambitious and innovative solution to the problems posed by urbanisation. Not only are they faster to...

Gresham House Forestry receives the top award at the Royal Highland Show

Gresham House Forestry is delighted to have won the top award for the best New Commercial Woodland at the 2019 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards, for Beirhope, which is owned by our client, Mr Mervyn Harrison. The award was presented on Friday 21st June at the Royal Highland Show, by Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for...

Gresham House has bought two areas of woodland from Hargreaves Land

The land from Hargreaves Land, which is situated at Glentaggart near Glespin in South Lanarkshire, will now join Gresham House’s extensive and tax efficient commercial portfolio, which provides around 10% of the UK’s annual softwood harvest. “UK forestry is a great investment and we’ve been actively seeking new opportunities in the area, so it was...

The future is wood

A recent New Scientist article, “Our wooden future: making cars, skyscrapers and even lasers from wood”, talks about wood being processed into a super-material with extraordinary properties. There is a growing wood revolution, with Liangbing Hu, a materials scientist at the University of Maryland, stating that wood could even be used in cars. Engineers in...

Prefab housing on the rise in Britian

Thisismoney reports that one in five homes will be partly made in factories by Barratt’s Developments. This would ultimately cut building time from a typical building time of up to 40 weeks to that of just 10 days and will contribute to cutting costs. This construction method will be used to build around 20% of...

reNEWS – Wooden towers for wind turbines

Modivon, a Swedish start-up, has secured capital to develop a modular wooden tower for supporting multi-MW turbines. This is a great way to supply climate-neutral and cost-efficient wind towers. The first prototype will be built this summer, this will be for a 40-metre high turbine.   To read more on this innovative development please click...

Putting the FIZ into the rural economy – Stuart Goodall, The Scotsman

The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal was given the go-ahead by Chancellor Philip Hammond last month, and recognises the importance of the forestry and wood processing sector. This huge rural area is home to a widely dispersed and low population of inhabitants and is the location of the greatest concentration of wood manufacturers and related businesses...

Our Planet – How to Save Our Forests – David Attenborough

Click here to watch an insightful video by David Attenborough on how to restore our forests.

Workplace Insight – “Tower in Norway confirmed as tallest timber building in world” by Neil Franklin

Workplace Insight – “Tower in Norway confirmed as tallest timber building in world” by Neil Franklin “The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has verified the status of Mjøstårnet, a mixed-use building in Brumunddal, Norway as the World’s tallest timber building. At 85.4 meters, it is also the third-tallest building in Norway and...