Ashwells Reclaimed Timber

Ashwells Reclaimed Timber (FSC®C007915) is working with architects and designers across the UK, helping them to achieve sustainability goals by increasing the use of reclaimed hardwoods within projects.

Ashwells Reclaimed Timber (© Ashwells Timber)© Ashwells TimberAs a timber reclamation specialist, Ashwells has built its business over the past 30 years with one mission in mind, to save tropical timber for future generations. Its timber mill in Upminster, Essex, is an Aladdin’s Cave of hardwoods, from 2.6-meter Jarrah sleepers reclaimed from Network Rail to 12-meter Greenheart marine piles reclaimed from the River Amble in Southampton.


Why Hardwood Reclamation?

During colonial times tropical hardwoods such as Greenheart, Jarrah, Ekki and Keuring were imported into the UK from Africa, Australia, Central America, and British Guyana, for use primarily in marine construction.

Due to the climate tropical hardwoods grow in, the grain is extremely dense giving it unmatched durability and stability. When cut is displayed, yellow and vibrant oranges, all the colours of the tropics.

Today, Ashwells reclaim these timbers and repurpose for future use in an FSC certified process that prevents further deforestation, saves energy and protects architectural history.

As an FSC-certified reclaimed timber supplier, Ashwells provides a transparent and traceable chain of custody for all its hardwood and softwood timber products, whatever the source.


Reclaimed Timber Products

Responsible architects, engineers and designers choose reclaimed FSC-certified hardwood because they want to increase sustainable design best practice, as these recent examples of Ashwells wood products in use demonstrate...


Wooden Walkway:

Ashwells Back to Nature (© Ashwells Timber)© Ashwells TimberThe acclaimed Back to Nature garden, designed by Davies White in collaboration with HRH Duchess of Cambridge, features a winding wooden walkway built using durable FSC-certified Keruing timbers, reclaimed and repurposed by Ashwells from the pier at Southend on Sea.


Characterful Cladding:

Ashwells Cladding (© Ashwells Timber)© Ashwells TimberThis quirky project for London based advertising agency Cheil features FSC-certified Jarrah and Opepe cladding, reclaimed and repurposed by Ashwells from Boscombe Pier, near Bournemouth.


Wooden Deck:

Ashwells Timber deck (© Ashwells Timber)© Ashwells TimberThe RHS Chelsea Gold Medal winning Beyond the Screen garden, designed by Joe Perkins for Facebook, features a wooden deck built using stable FSC-certified Greenheart, reclaimed and repurposed by Ashwells from the historic Whitstable Yacht Club.


Further Help

For designers, architects and specifiers seeking to increase green design best practice Ashwells has produced a free eBook ‘How to Include Reclaimed Tropical Timber in Sustainable Design’. The eBook includes a useful guide to the quality and ideal uses of the timber species available, as well as details of the reclaimed timber pitfalls to avoid.

Find out more about Ashwells' involvement in the Kite Park Playground project here.


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