Reclaiming Positivity

Reclaiming Positivity 

BLOG · BY TTF FLEGT COMMUNICATIONS EXECUTIVE LUCY BEDRY · 10th November 2020

With the current lockdown and postponed start of our FLEGT exhibition, we turn our attention to keeping things positive with our Conversations about Climate Change project. 

Conversations about Climate Change – The Timber Trade Federation’s exhibition as a manifestation of our FLEGT communications project has been postponed until January 2021. The exhibition was scheduled for November to coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) to be held in Glasgow now postponed until November 2021.

The delayed start to the exhibition presents additional time and efforts to continue the conversation virtually, and for the six winning designers and fabricators to fully focus on designs and construction.

The first piece to our Conversations about Climate Change project is a beautiful reclaimed greenheart bench (below) – currently inside of the window at the Building Centre in London awaiting lockdown measures to be lifted.

Sitting outside of the Building Centre in London, this elegant Greenheart block from a prior life as a sea defence at the Woolwich Ferry Pier was salvaged by Ashwells Timber. In June 2018, as part of TFL redevelopment and upgrade to new, modern, low-emission boats with increased capacity, cycle-specific facilities and a lower emission engine, the old berths were reconstructed and parts replaced.

Timber was passed from Ashwells Timber to Chris Nangle Furniture breathing “new life into what used to be timber for landfill” – feeding into the bio economy. Wood is the only truly sustainable and renewable building material. Supporting and continuing a circular, bio economy helps improve livelihoods, increases sustainable development – working in harmony with one of the world’s greatest resources towards climate change mitigation practices.

Most commonly from Guyana, Greenheart can reach heights of more than 30m and is one of the strongest hardwoods. Its hardwearing and strength properties make it a key contender for marine and freshwater construction and heavy structural use. For sea defences, Greenheart and Ekki are typically used with strength properties twice that of European hardwoods like Oak. These defences can provide use for over fifty years (Gov.UK).

There is an interesting connection between the bench, which is an addition to the winning designs of the exhibition, and the winning design ‘HIGH TIDE‘. Submitted by Michael Westthorp, ‘High Tide’ provokes a conversation and inner conscious relating to rising sea levels as a result of climate change. Rising sea levels is one of the most severe impacts of climate change – threatening to inundate small-island nations and coastal regions by the end of the century and is one of the impacts with the largest uncertainties.

Our Conversations about Climate Change bench starts the conversation we will be continuing throughout our exhibition. The bench from outside of the Building Centre, where the exhibition will be held, is eye-catching and beautiful, but the story below the surface – if you’ll excuse the pun says so much more. We are demonstrating the material provenance of tropical timber. The uses. The beauty. And the correlation between our natural resources and climate change.

Find out more about our Conversations about Climate Change project here