Oliver started Woodpoint out of a passion for British Woodlands and sustainability. Having held roles within the forestry industry from planting & thinning entire woodlands to owning a timber merchants there's not much he doesn't know about the industry and wood in general! In 2014 Woodpoint was born out of a desire to see value in our woodlands again, not only for wildlife and the environment, but by utilising harvested trees for products that may normally be shipped over from abroad. By using wood from British forests, we are helping to reduce the need to import certain timbers and we hope to see this expand into more and more products across the UK. The benefits of manual thinning are vast, and by supporting us you are helping to reduce your carbon footprint, regenerate British woodland, support a small UK business and encouraging the practise of traditional craftmanship.
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 vistas open 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 embedded carbon than those produced in highly mechanised operations miles away or abroad. So we help rural communities and reduce carbon emissions.