The Weald & Downland is one of the most wooded parts of Britain and a pioneer in locally-sourced timber building materials.
Much of the woodland is coppice wood and a side effect of coppicing is that more light is let in through the thinned-out trees, so plants can grow on the woodland floor. As a result, the Weald is famous for its bluebell woods.
Because of this natural resource, it’s no wonder that East Sussex is full of pioneering researchers in sustainable design and construction, who are leading the way in adopting the principles of a ‘circular economy’.
There are concentrations of architects, designers, construction companies, makers and crafts-people across East Sussex whose core materials are natural renewable materials including: timber-framers & carpenters, potters and ceramicists, basket makers, wooden guitar and other instrument makers.
The Woodland Enterprise Centre in Flimwell is an award-winning Innovation Centre for the timber sector and a demonstration of what can be achieved with sustainable local resources.
If you work in any area of sustainable design, architecture, construction or you are a woodland owner, a timber processing company or you are simply interested in natural materials and wish to make better use of locally-sourced materials, then join us on Friday 12 July for Pioneering the Potential: a full day symposium exploring local natural materials, hosted by award-winning cultural review magazine, Fourth Door Review and Making Lewes.
The event is taking place at the award-winning Depot in Lewes, and includes talks, lunch and a coach trip of local projects.
The emphasis is on natural, renewable materials and builds on nearly two decades of R&D and commercial development that could constitute a new phase in the use of locally sourced natural building materials.
As we face a climate crisis, timber and other bio and land-based materials are becoming an increasing part of the building sector’s materials portfolio. This event will explore the full potential of sustainable natural resources on our doorstep.
Anthony Thistleton - WaughThistleton Architects, the leading Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) architects
Craig White – from Bristol’s White Design and inventor of Modcell straw cassette wall panels on the expanding the range of Bio-Based material
David Saunders - ex-director of Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre, pioneer of Sussex based timber building materials
Afternoon: Projects Tour – with lunch at Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre, plus visits to the Tobias Green Community housing project by Nicholas Pople Architects, and to In-Wood Developments, leading the making of locally sourced timber-based construction materials.
Take a look at the website for Flimwell Park to find out more about upcoming projects.
Places are limited, so to book your place, click here.