This project aims to provide information to growers and processors about the wood properties, timber potential and likely merchantable volume of these species which are increasingly being considered for use in future forests. In particular we wish to establish if higher grades of structural timbers can be produced from these hardwood species relative to our domestic softwood species.
- To identify suitable commercial stands of these species and obtain more extensive test sample material than has previously been available to researchers.
- To undertake wood strength, stiffness and density measurements both on small clearwood test pieces and also furniture and structural-sized timber.
- To provide more extensive data on the wood properties and mechanical performance of these species.
Samples are being tested and the data are currently being analysed. Reports are expected during 2019-2020.
Funding and partners
It is being undertaken in partnership with the Edinburgh Napier University Centre for Timber Engineering, with the generous assistance of Buccleuch Estates Ltd.
National forestry policies and strategies
This work will support:
- Scotland's Forestry Strategy 2019–2029
- Roots for Further Growth: An economic strategy for Scotland’s Forest & Timber Technologies Sector to 2030
- (In England) the Government Forestry Policy Statement
- Woodlands for Wales Forest Strategy (2018)
- Wood stiffness, strength and density testing
- Acoustic velocity testing (predicts stiffness)
- X-ray densitometry (ring width and within-ring density)
Ecological Site Classification (ESC) Decision Support System
Managing for Timber Quality Decision Support System
Growing Broadleaves for Timber. Forestry Commission Handbook 9 PDF download