Vastern Timber has partly resumed work at its Wiltshire sawmills. “We are very pleased to be back, although it’s not business as usual” said Tom Barnes, managing director. On 15 April, the Wootton Bassett based sawmill and timber merchant began to process orders again, following the latest government guidelines for manufacturers.
Vastern Timber employs 50 team members, and operates two sawmills, at Wootton Bassett and Studley. It is a 4th generation family firm, producing timber cladding, flooring, planks and beams from British grown wood.
“To keep everyone safe we are bringing back a limited team to service orders placed by phone or email only. We are unable to accept visitors, but we can arrange delivery or collection by appointment.” said Tom. “Safety is our first priority, so please bear with us as we adapt to the guidelines on social distancing at work.”
Vastern Timber developed ‘Brimstone’ timber cladding and decking, an award winning innovation made from thermally-modified, locally-grown timber. “We are planning to build a solar-powered production unit for Brimstone at the Wootton Bassett site, and although these plans may be delayed by the Coronavirus I’m optimistic that in the near future these plans will progress.” said Tom.
“I want to say thank you to our team and our customers for their patience and support in these last few weeks.” he added. “I look forward to welcoming customers back to our showroom as soon as possible, and meanwhile we’ll do our best to deliver in the current circumstances.”