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At Vastern Timber we offer solid flooring, made from British grown hardwoods, and engineered oak flooring, both unfinished and pre-finished.

Environmentally friendly, our beautiful hardwood flooring is made using wood sourced from British and other European forests, helping reduce the environmental impact on your build or renovation.

British hardwoods are among the most beautiful in the world and take some beating if you’re looking for the real thing. Packed with character, British hardwoods can be used to compliment a full palette of designs – from contemporary city dwelling to old country house rustic, real hardwood is the most adaptive product available.

Not only does hardwood flooring hold visual appeal, but practical too. Hardwearing and easy to clean, hardwood flooring is also a good insulator, making it warm to touch. A great choice for anyone suffering from allergies, hardwood flooring does not trap the dust and mites like carpets and has the added benefit that it can be refinished to perfection many times, making it a very cost effective option over the long term.

Machined to a high level of accuracy, Vastern Timber’s solid hardwood flooring will provide you with many decades of pleasure.

English oak is our most popular floor. Available in a range of grades and board widths, our solid oak is a simple and traditional floor that appeals to our love of wood. Available in different grades to suit the unique style of your home, English oak is fully adaptable with character grades boasting knots and rustic features. Whatever look you desire, there is a grade to compliment.

Other solid flooring from Vastern Timber includes ash, elm, sweet chestnut and cherry.

Those looking for an alternative to solid wood flooring might be interested in the alternative engineered oak flooring. Increasing popular throughout the UK, engineered oak flooring is constructed from a high quality birch plywood base and a top layer of solid European oak and is a great choice for those who prefer a pre-finished look or require flooring to be fitted over under-floor heating.

Engineered flooring offers several practical advantages without compromising on the authentic look and feel. Its sandwich construction is more stable than solid wood and will not be affected by changes in humidity and temperature. This dimensional stability of engineered flooring means there is less need to acclimatise the boards before installing, resulting in a quicker and easier job.

Sample panels of all of our solid and engineered floors, including our new Heywood range of pre-finished engineered oak flooring can be viewed at our showroom in Wootton Bassett near Swindon. We would strongly recommend that you pay us a visit before making your choice.

Vastern Timber is one of the UK’s largest British hardwood sawmills and timber merchants, specialising in cutting and manufacturing native grown timber, including British oak, sweet chestnut, ash, sycamore and larch for the construction and joinery markets.

A family business established in High Wycombe in 1904 by Leonard Barnes, the company began life under the name of Barnes Branch & Co and primarily focused on the manufacture of furniture. Specialising in the production of traditional beech furniture, the company gradually evolved into a producer of components servicing other local manufacturers. Barnes Branch & Co was particularly well known for its beech and ash ‘Windsor back bends’ which gave the Windsor chair its distinctive shape and the company was commandeered to produce wings for the legendary de Havilland Mosquito aircraft in the Second World War.

In 1974, increasing demand for timber products led to the acquisition of the Vastern Timber Sawmill in Wootton Bassett, followed by a second sawmill at Studley near Chippenham in 1982.

Today, Vastern Timber continues to trade from two sites in Wiltshire and is owned and run by three members of the Barnes family – Peter, Jon and Tom, who represent the third and fourth generations of family in the company. The sites have four log-converting bandmills, computer-controlled drying kilns, and well-equipped machining facilities enabling Vastern Timber to process both hardwoods and softwoods for a wide range of uses. These uses span the specialist production of British oak in internal joinery, creating solid hardwood flooring, skirting and architraves. Structural beams and joists in oak and Douglas fir are produced for traditional building projects, with the addition of an extensive range of external timber cladding, including larch, cedar and various hardwoods. Vastern Timber also caters for the garden with large stocks of decking and fencing.

Vastern Timber cuts and processes British logs to offer a wide range of species, grades and specifications that are not widely available from other merchants. The company has large stocks available to ensure it can offer short lead times with the security of knowing that it will not run out of stock.

Vastern Timber provides a professional yet personal service tailored to the unique needs and wishes of its clients, which include architects, builders, joiners, furniture makers and timber framers.

Vastern Timber offers FSC certified timber from well managed British Forests and offers strength grading of structural timber to BS5756 and BS4976.

Vastern Timber has also recently launched Brimstone, the first commercially available British thermally modified timber. Sourced exclusively from English and Welsh woodlands, the Brimstone range is ideal for cladding, decking, external joinery and furniture, and includes thermally modified ash, sycamore and poplar.