Timbers

Timbers

Timber is an ecologically sound construction material using a fraction of the energy per tonne of building material that aluminum, steel or concrete uses to produce. Young trees absorb vast quantities of C02 in order to grow. Mature trees take in much less CO2. With good conservation the mature trees are harvested to allow young trees to grow. The vast quantities of CO2 locked away in the trees cell structure will only be released if the timber is burnt.

 

In a well managed softwood forest, trees grow at a fairly uniform rate. The mature trees are felled to make way for a new crop to be planted. As the trees grow the small twigs protruding from the trunk underneath the crown are trimmed, this produces timber of high quality where sections can be produced with very small knots. Woodlands are usually felled in a patchwork fashion to create wind breaks and cover to allow wildlife safe passage from one area to another.

 

In a well managed hardwood forest, trees are selectively felled so that only the mature and financially viable ones are removed. Trees are selected and marked well in advance of being felled so that access paths can be planned to remove them from the forest. The paths are kept as narrow as possible through the forest so as to allow the surrounding trees to naturally re-seed the area when the selected trees have been removed thus having minimal impact on wildlife.