Timber Talks with Harry Stevens 

Timber Talks is a short interview series with Tilhill’s Timber Buying Director Harry Stevens and Assistant Marketing Manager Georgina Thomas aiming to openly talk about timber harvesting in the UK and it’s importance with supplying home-grown timber.

Harry has worked in forestry since he was 19 years old and spent 25 years in Harvesting with another 16 years with BSW Timber before joining the Tilhill board in 2015.


The UK Timber Market past and present, timber prices and drivers, worldwide demand, timber supply, imports, keeping up with demand, the environment, economical and societal benefits, contractors and much more..

A Timber Market Update for 2023

Harry Stevens, Timber Buying Director (Tilhill and BSW Timber) provides a snapshot review of the UK timber market, the effect on sawmills and standing timber prices.

Harry also looks ahead at the timber market forecasts. Will we see the demand for timber again? Also, find out about BSW Group’s recent purchase of the UK’s largest pallet manufacturer. -Recorded at BSW Timber, Carlisle Sawmill

A Timber Market Update Live From The UK Forest Market Report 2022

Harry Stevens, Tilhill’s Timber Buying Director presents Timber Talks episode 11 live from the UK Forest Market Report 2022 launch in Edinburgh at the Signet Library. Georgina Thomas, Assistant Marketing Manager at Tilhill asks what is going on in the timber and wood products market and is there enough trees being planted for future supply and demand.

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From Forests to Sawmill

Timber Talks Episode 10 is live from the BSW Sawmill in Carlisle. Where does all the harvested timber go and what products get made? Harry Stevens, Tilhill’s Timber Buying Director talks us through the various products and treatments in the yard that came from local sustainably harvested woodlands, ending with a brief look into the sawmill building.

Are Timber Prices Rising or Falling?

Harry Stevens, Tilhill’s Timber Buying Director presents Timber Talks episode 9. Georgina Thomas, Assistant Marketing Manager at Tilhill asks whether timber prices are rising or falling? and Is there a timber shortage?

Roadside Timber, Wagons, Haulage & Machine Operators

Harry Stevens, Tilhill’s Timber Buying Director presents Timber Talks episode 8. On a harvesting site in Scotland Harry talks us through the different log types and their end use from fencing to construction. Harry shows how the timber is hauled, the impact on the road from the wagons and the shortage of specialised machine operators.

Timber Talks: The Global market (episode 7)

Following the sad events in Ukraine, Harry tells us some of the impacts it has had on the global forest products markets and other effects we are seeing today.

Productive Forests; Societal & Economic Benefits (Episode 6)

This episode is on site at a Forestry Land & Scotland (FLS) public productive forest in South West Scotland. Harry discusses the timber end products and the importance of productive forests for the economy and society as a whole alongside the benefits to wildlife. Harry touches on carbon and species choice plus he addresses the ongoing debate of conifer vs broadleaf and ‘the right tree in the right place’.

Dick Brothers Ltd and Our Contractors (Episode 5)

This Episode features:
An overview of Dick Brothers Ltd from inside their workshop.
Contractors; Find out about Tilhill’s contractors and how safety has changed over the years.

Timber Harvesting Updates (Episode 4)

This Episode features another market update for 2022: The state of forest products: Supply chain looking back at 2021 Outcomes of Storm Arwen The UK Timber Market 2022 The BSW Group acquisition by Binderholz and a new brand unveiling.

A Timber Harvesting Site - (Episode 3)

This Episode features an onsite interview from an active harvesting site in Scotland covering: An active timber harvesting site Timber activities Diffuse pollution The UK Timber Market 2021 What a timber harvesting site looks like and why

Small Roundwood (Episode 2)

This episode covers: What is small roundwood? What types of small roundwood are there? What is the current and future trends for small roundwood? Looking at chip wood, pulp wood, fuel wood and fencing.

The UK Timber Market 2021 with Harry Stevens (Episode 1)

This Episode covers: Harry’s Job The UK Timber Market 2021 Rising Timber Prices and Drivers Worldwide Demand Timber Supply and Imports Keeping up with demand

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