…Inspiring innovation through collaboration

A thriving forest based economy is an essential cornerstone of a sustainable society. The forestry sector provides a valuable low carbon resource for industry and rewarding employment for many thousands of people. Well managed woodlands contribute to climate change mitigation, flood prevention, soil health, clean air, biodiversity and enable many forms of recreation beneficial for our health and well-being. 

Making best use of homegrown timber, using more wood from sustainably managed forests and growing more trees is good for our economy, our environment and our people. 

We are a not-for-profit, for public good organisation championing the collaborative development of forest-based industries for increased prosperity and wellbeing in Wales.

MISSION

VISION

WHAT WE DO

We deliver our mission through a number of projects that bring together stakeholders at different levels of industry and society. Our projects combine applied research, innovation in product design, manufacture, systems or services, policy and stakeholder engagement across housing and construction, based on the forest economy. Find out more about our current flagship projects. Get in touch if you have a project idea you would like to pitch to us.

Photo of tree trunks

How could a timber supply chain based on local forestry products support the delivery of low carbon social housing in Wales and create better jobs closer to home? Find out more on the ▸▸ Home-Grown Homes Project page.

What if a group of independent joiners could produce a Welsh timber window that meets all requirements for the social housing sector in Wales? Find out more on the ▸▸ Welsh Timber Windows Project page.

Exemplar timber housing projects in Wales

Explore information on construction, innovative products, use of home-grown timber and Welsh manufacturing, carbon impact and building performance in innovative timber housing projects across Wales.

This map showcases the exemplar timber housing projects Woodknowledge Wales has worked on in some way over the past few years. The Exemplar Housing Project layer contains basic project information. The Whole Life Carbon layer contains data on the carbon impact of those projects for which we have undertaken analyses. The Building Performance layer contains projects where we have undertaken some experimentation into different building performance methods. The Forest Nation Attribute layer attempts to capture the timber story such as the use of innovative products, the use of home-grown timber and the use of Welsh manufacturing.

This map represents our progress to date. We will continue to record the progress of our timber development agenda as well as the progress of Welsh housing in meeting the challenge of Net Zero whole Life carbon over the coming years.

Get involved

Join our vibrant community. We are building a collaborative network with the collective power to drive change.

Our activities are focused upon market development, capacity building, technical support and skills provision within the forestry, manufacturing and housing sector. Our members and supporters come from all levels of the housing and construction supply chain. Together we engage in collaborative innovation and achieve cross-sector change. Guided by our network of members, supporters and delivery partners, Woodknowledge Wales is driving the agenda to expand forestry and wood using industries in Wales for the benefit of society and the planet. 

Our Members

Accoya
Adra (Tai) Cyfngedig
ARC Woodlands Ltd
Ashdown Construction Group
Benfield Timber Buildings
Bron Afon Community Housing
Bronwin & Abbey
Cardiff Met Uni Logo
Logo for Castleoak. Text and oak leaf in blue and green above text
Clifford Jones Timber
Green house shape with ClwydAlyn
Coastal Housing Group
Construction Wales Innovation Centre
Letters CREU in lower case on gray background with company website underneath
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales
Logo for Cadwaladr Woodland Products
Down to Earth
Esgair Timber Co Ltd
Evergreen Building Design
Fforest Timber Engineering Ltd
Logo for First Choice Housing. Made up of the letters FCHA with a roof line above
Grwp Cynefin
Hiraeth Architects
Hughes Architects
JCH Industrial Ecology
LIGNIA Wood Company Ltd
Letters LINC with the I in the shape of a key hole
Llandre Sawn Wood Ltd
Lowfield Timber Frames Ltd
Melin Homes
Mid Wales Housing
Mid Wales Property Ltd
White background. House shape made our of blue triangle on side and green roof and wall. Word newyedd to right in blue small letters
Norman Industries
White background. name of company "Pentan architects" in simple clean lower case letters
Pobl Logo, letters in bright colours and lines
PYC Construction
Rhondda Housing Association RHA
Roe Timberframe
Logo for company Sevenoaks modular.
SOPREMA
Logo for company Spring Design with two green leaves used for the dot on the 'i' in spring.
Stride Treglown
Tai Tarian
Towy Projects Ltd
TRJ
Ty Pren
United Welsh
Wales and West Housing
Welcome to our Wood
Williams Homes (Bala) Ltd
Logo for WM Architecture. Stylized letters for W and M on black background

Latest Posts

Podcasts

A series of 60-minute conversations on themes across Forestry, Manufacturing, Housing and the Foundational Economy. Each podcast features two individuals with a passion for the subject matter and a willingness to share their thinking.

Twitter

- 2 days ago

@NatResWales have published their new #timber sales and marketing plan. What does it mean for the many small processors in #Wales? https://t.co/1dvC9jnsJB
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- 3 days ago

@Amanwy @JulieJamesMS We certainly like the sound of that!
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- 3 days ago

@CEWales: @WKWales Unlocking the full potential of offsite manufactured timber housing in Wales: The Challenge of timber price volatility https://t.co/qtSpYMFhRu
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