A major conference is being staged in the United Kingdom on Tuesday the 17th May 2011 in order to try and encourage architects and builders in the Borders area of Scotland to use hardwoods and non-spruce varieties in their designs. The seminar, Building and Designing with Durable Scottish Borders Timber, will be held from 9.00am to 5pm on the 17th May at Heriot-Watt University’s Galashiels campus. The Scottish Borders Woodland Strategy (SBWS) Partnership has organized the seminar, along with other research, to find a way to exploit the 6,000 hectares of broadleaf and non-spruce wood in the region, which includes trees such as oak, ash and beech. These would be ideal to make durable floors that would stand for many years before needing anything in the way of wood floor repairs.
“There are new markets for wood fuel and, crucially, a resurgence in the use of timber for construction which can provide markets for higher value housing materials such as timber cladding and flooring,” says the Principal Landscape Officer for the Scottish Borders Council (SBC), Jim Knight, who has been charged with the task of welcoming delegates to the event. “These niche markets can provide scope for new Borders-based businesses.”
The Executive Member of Economic Development for the SBC, Vicky Knight, adds that with the construction industry undergoing a resurgence of late, the urge to make use of the area’s natural resources is high.