'Make It Wood' travels to the UK

Date: 18-Apr-12
Author: Chris Philpot

Murray Grove, London © Planet Ark

'Make It Wood' travels to the UK - In search of carbon stored in wood since 1000AD

In May this year, Planet Ark's 'Make It Wood' campaign will travel overseas on a 5-day tour of some of the UK's most innovative and interesting timber projects. The fieldtrip, organised by WoodSolutions, provides an opportunity to discover the latest in timber design, engineering and construction.

Chris Philpot, Campaign Manager for 'Make It Wood' will join an exclusive group of architects, engineers and property developers to gain special access to the people behind leading wood projects in the UK.   

Highlights of the tour include the 9-storey cross laminate timber building - Murray Grove; Architect Marcus Lee's own ‘wood-framed' house; the oldest wooden church in the world - Greensted Church in Essex (circa 9th century); the Globe Theatre; Giles Downes' reconstruction of Windsor castle; and King's College Chapel in Cambridge.

 'The tour will be an exciting chance to learn more about how we can build with wood and in turn store vast amounts of carbon, keeping it out of the atmosphere.' says Chris. 'I look forward to hearing from the architects and builders themselves who have used innovative wood construction techniques to build.  Hopefully we'll see more of these wood builds in Australia soon.'

If you would like to follow the adventures of Chris and the 'Make It Wood' team in the UK visit blog.MakeItWood.org.