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Forestry Commission note explores alternative species for structural timber

The Forestry Commission has released a research note - entitled ‘Timber properties of noble fir, Norway spruce, western red cedar and western hemlock grown in Great Britain’ - exploring alternative species for structural timber.

According to the note, noble fir, Norway spruce, western red cedar and western hemlock grown in Britain could all produce acceptable returns of structural timber.

The recent increase in outbreaks of tree pests and diseases specific to particular species has led to an interest in diversification by planting a wider range of tree species to mitigate any risk to the softwood resource.

The note reports on the structural timber properties of these four species, which can produce merchantable volumes in reasonable time frames when grown in Great Britain, and compares the results with published values for British-grown Sitka spruce. It also notes that of these four species, western red cedar has the least desirable structural timber properties.

These species could therefore play a role in mitigating the British softwood timber industry’s exposure to the risks of relying on a small range of species.


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PEFC UK appoints French Export Manager Elisabeth Piveteau to its Board

Elisabeth Piveteau, UK & Ireland Export Manager at PiveteauBois, has been appointed new industry member to the PEFC UK Board.

PiveteauBois is one of France’s leading softwood sawmillers and manufacturers of timber products for the construction, landscaping and energy sectors and is France’s number one supplier of wood pellets. PiveteauBois is a family-run business with a deep passion for wood and over 65 years expertise of selecting the best quality softwood from certified forests in France and Poland. Its services include wood processing as well as designing, manufacturing and delivering high-quality and innovative timber products ranging from sawn timber, structural components and glulam to cladding, decking and UC4 fencing and landscaping products.

Elisabeth joined the family company after 20 years’ experience in sales and business development in the intellectual property and scientific information markets. She has previously worked at industry leaders Thomson Reuters, Lexis Nexis and Macmillan. Her mission at PiveteauBois is to develop and grow a customer base for its value-added products in the UK and Ireland in addition to raising awareness of France as Europe’s joint 4th largest softwood producer alongside Austria.

PEFC UK’s Executive Director Alun Watkins said: “We are honoured that Elisabeth has agreed to join us at PEFC UK.  We will benefit enormously from her knowledge of the French timber sector and this will enable us to better meet the expectations of one of our key stakeholder groups, those exporting to the UK market.”

Ms Piveteau commented: “I am delighted to have been asked to join the Board of PEFC UK. Representing a French company in the UK market, I recognise the importance of being able to supply our British customers with certified timber and provide them with assurances of responsible sourcing.  I am happy to be able to contribute to the valuable work PEFC does in promoting sustainable forest management around the world.”


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