What’s so sweet about Sweet Chestnut?
It’s the most sustainable!
People are starting to choose Sweet chestnut over Oak, Western Red Cedar and Larch.
It is the most sustainable hardwood grown in the UK. It is especially prevalent in Kent where our Spaces are manufactured. This means the timber is only travelling a few miles from source to where it is being manufactured, whereas much of the Oak and Western Red Cedar will have to travel over the Atlantic.
Most of the local woodlands in this part of Kent are predominantly coppiced Sweet Chestnut. Coppicing is a forest management technique that has been used in Kent for over 800 hundred years.
Chestnut is lighter than Oak, making it easier to work with and transport. It has a very similar grain and is also slightly lighter in colour. It is a class 2 hardwood meaning it is naturally resistant to rot and will last from 15 to 40 years without any treatment, making it completely maintenance free.
So, it’s really a win win. It looks great, is lighter and easy to work with, lasts 15-40 years, is very local and is maintenance free. Sweet Chestnut really is a no brainer when it comes to our environmentally friendly spaces.
NB Images are from google and not my own work.