Increasing the Value of your Timber (POSTPONED)


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Focus on Forestry First have postponed all events from Monday 23rd March 2020 to Sunday 17th May 2020. Updates will be provided as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

As part of the Focus on Forestry First scheme, the Institute and Confor will be holding an event on Increasing the Value of your Timber on 24th March 2020 in Ruthin, Wales. This is in association with Clifford Jones Timber Ltd and Woodknowledge Wales.

The event will highlight the change in demands in the timber supply sector and will explore how political policy is reshaping timber usage and forest outputs. This event will also look at a snapshot of the technology available to timber processors and explore what embedded carbon means for the value of wood.


Morning session: The Centre, Mwrog Street, Ruthin, LL15 1LE
Afternoon session: Clifford Jones Timber Ltd., Brickfield Lane, Ruthin, LL15 2TN


10:00  –  Arrival and refreshments
10:30  – Anthony Geddes, Confor – Welcome
10:35  –  Darren Jarman, Lowfield Timber Frames
11:35  –  Gary Newman, Wood Knowledge Wales
12:35  – Louise Simpson, ICF – Update on ICF/FFF events
12:40  –  Lunch and travel to Clifford Jones Timber Ltd (5 minute drive)
13:30  –  Iwan Williams, Clifford Jones Timber Ltd
15:30  –  Anthony Geddes, Confor – Summary of the day
15:45  –  Close


Darren Jarman, from Lowfield Timber Frames, will address:

  • The use of timber in construction and the different products that he buys in to deliver high quality timber housing to Housing Associations
  • Engineered and Graded products
  • Why he is seeking to use Welsh Timber
  • Challenges he faces with continuity of supply chain and access to products
  • The benefit to his business of having a strong and reliable supply chain
  • The cost benefit analysis

Gary Newman, from Woodknowledge Wales, will:

  • Pick up on what is driving the social change in housing associations and Local authorities seeking to use timber
  • Discuss how the carbon locking element of timber construction could be accessed to gain additional value/income
  • Suggest a timescale for change within the timber supply chain

Iwan Williams, from Clifford Jones Timber Ltd, will run the final session (on site at Clifford Jones) looking at:

  • How the above translates into demand at the mill
  • How Clifford Jones has adapted to meet different material requirements
  • The timber supply and factors driving the price at the gate
  • What the future is of buying trees

Who should attend?

  • Foresters living or working in Wales
  • Woodland owners
  • Sawmillers
  • Managers

Course Objectives

  • Raise awareness of the demand for home grown construction materials
  • Understand processes in the timber supply chain can add value to products
  • Become aware of the value of carbon and carbon accounting
  • Link the owner, manager and miller together in the forestry supply chain


Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available on arrival. Lunch will also be provided.


This event is subsidised by the Welsh Government and so is currently open only to those living or working in Wales.

Tickets for this event must be booked online through Focus on Forestry First at


For further details about this event, contact the Institute’s Development Director, Louise Simpson.

Please note that this event has been postponed.

March 24, 2020
10:00 - 16:30

The Centre ,
Mwrog Street ,
Ruthin LL15 1LE

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