Our passion is to use what we have around us rather than bringing it from afar.’
We want to make beautiful, exciting & useful woodland products.
‘We are surrounded by beautiful but overgrown and underworked woodlands and forests in Britain. Young woodlands in particular are crammed full of useful round poles and sticks that are just going to waste. Look around timber merchants, garden centres and home stores and you can see firewood, kindling, tree and fence stakes, plant supports, garden arches, pergola poles, bird boxes, broom handles and pea sticks. Most are made, or have components made from small diameter round poles and nearly all are imported.’
To create these products from British Woodlands and to create skilled rural jobs in Britain is one of WoodPoint’s goals
The theory of WoodPoint’s woodland improvement
Young woodlands are particularly overlooked due to the mechanisation that has occurred in timber harvesting during the last thirty years. Large expensive harvesters cannot afford to operate in thicket type crops where volume production rate is low. Yet to thrive woodlands and forests must be thinned.
In these woodlands there are numerous small diameter trees that need to be removed to create space for the best trees to grow. Management and fire risks are improved when young woodlands are thinned. Also because air can circulate more easily around the trees and the microclimate is less likely to induce some tree disease and pests. More light on the forest floor encourages more plant and insect life diversity which in turns helps the animals and birds.
Even recreations like walking and bike riding are more pleasant and safer when vitas open up through the trees.
The forest benefits from our small scale manual operations. Smaller machines means less damage to forest soil and skilled manual tree fellers can select trees for removal with greater precision than timber harvesters.
In short there are no losers when young woodland are thinned!
Woodland and People Health
Producing our Pole products creates skilled and rewarding jobs in rural areas. Our handmade products have lower emebedded carbon than those produced in highly mechanised operations miles away or abroad. So we help rural communities and reduce carbon emissions.
Poles for everything!