Caribbean House

The Greenheart tree is an evergreen that grows in the rainforests of Central America. It grows up to 40m tall, and up to 60cm in diameter, and is one of the strongest and most durable timbers in the world. A large quantity of this timber would have come into the UK in the 1970s, having been cut down in the rain forest. It served as pile supports for the Rainham Power Station Jetty.

The jetty became redundant and the timbers were taken by barge to a transport depot. They were then transported back back to our mill to be resawn into there second use. They were sold to a customer who wanted to build a termite proof house, out of an indigenous timber, back in the Caribbean. Greenheart is now an endangered species, and therefore protected. The customer purchased the reclaimed Greenheart from Ashwell and shipped it back to its country of origin. Ensuring the timber completed a full circle.

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