Our Members

Fforest Timber Engineering

Fforest Timber Engineering Ltd was established in January 1994. We are independent specialists offering high quality engineered timber products designed to meet customer’s specific requirements. We design and manufacture roof trusses, timber frame buildings, design and supply Easi joist floor system and a offer contracting service for site installation of our products. Our Welsh based company has a dedicated workforce which aims to provide our customers throughout South Wales, Mid Wales, West Wales, Herefordshire, Bristol, Gloucester and the South West with a professional service.

‘Fforest timber engineering are committed to using the homegrown softwood resource where possible. We have supported the work of Woodknowledge Wales for many years and are delighted to become a Founder Member of this new cross–sector alliance. Membership will help us to network with like minded companies and motivated clients.’

Robin Aldridge - Director



Wales and West Housing

Wales & West Housing manage more than 9,500 high quality, affordable homes in 12 local authority areas across Wales. These include more than 3,000 dedicated properties for older people as well innovative supported housing solutions for people with a range of particular needs. Our vision is to achieve strong, sustainable growth to make a difference to people’s lives, homes and communities.

'WWHA are delighted to become a founding member of Woodknowledge Wales. WWHA are heavily committed to delivering maximum social value through our procurement processes and will be working with WKW to identify opportunities to use of local and homegrown timber.’ Shayne Hembrow – Deputy Chief Executive




Hughes Architects

Hughes Architects was founded in 2001 with the aim of providing excellent quality architectural services to Mid Wales and the Welsh Marches. Within 2 years we had grown to 12 staff and had projects in Nottingham all the way down to Southampton. While the geographical spread of our projects is vast our core values remain the same. But we don’t stop at being architects. We are also planning consultants, developers and project managers.

‘Hughes Architects recognise the importance of utilising wood wherever it can within its designs for buildings, whether new builds, renovations or extensions. Our team are big supporters of the Woodknowledge Wales mission and have joined up to continue our pioneering work in Wales and to help guide the the growth the homegrown timber sector.’ Doug Hughes – Founder and director


Mid-Wales Housing

Mid-Wales Housing Association was established in 1975 and has over 1600 properties throughout Powys and Ceredigion as well as a few properties in Shropshire. Operating from its Newtown Office, Mid-Wales Housing provides homes for rent. It has properties to suit families, single people of all ages including the elderly, as well as properties for people who may need care and support either occasionally or full time. It is run by a voluntary Board of Management who come from throughout the region of Mid-Wales and from a variety of backgrounds.

'Here at Mid Wales Housing Association, we pride ourselves on buying local and contributing to our communities. We also always try to improve the sustainability of our developments. By becoming a founder member of Woodknowledge Wales we can help to create jobs in the timber industry, whilst at the same time helping us out with technical support to improve the performance of our timber homes and reach even higher standards.' Sian Howells – Director of new business



Vintage Joinery

Vintage Joinery are a rapidly growing business built on quality and reputation. We believe in investing in our staff, producing quality, trained and skilled people for the future. Our aim is to produce the complete joinery package for our clients. We are a forward thinking company and are always looking to innovate for the future. Our projects include energy rated windows and passive house systems.

‘Vintage joinery care passionately about the development of the welsh timber industry. We invest in training and always look to use homegrown timber. By working with Woodknowledge Wales we aim to improve skills provision in Wales and to increase the supply of locally produced joinery grade timber’ Steve Lewis - Director



Bron Afon Community Housing

Bron Afon is a social enterprise that us run by staff and members who love making a difference to peoples lives. Our work covers construction, community regeneration, support and much more. We have been around since 2008 when Torfaen Council tenants voted for Bron Afon to be their new landlord. Since then we have been bringing their homes up to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard.

'Bron Afon are always seeking ways to improve the sustainability of our developments. By becoming a founder member of Woodknowledge Wales we are able to access the technical support we need to help us deliver modern high performance homes from timber.' Rob Panou – Development Manager



Andrew Bronwin and Company

Andrew Bronwin & Co Ltd is a firm of Chartered Foresters, located on the Wales / England border in Powys. Our extensive technical knowledge coupled with an attention to detail has enabled us to offer a quality bespoke woodland management service for over 15 years. Our clients include woodland and estate owners, local authorities and non government organisations. We recognise the importance of individually tailoring best silvicultural practice to the requirements of the woods and our close involvement with the timber markets is key to improving profitability.

‘As past chair of the Wales Forest Business Partnership I am delighted to continue to support Woodknowledge Wales in its transformation into a member organisation. With Confor working on supply barriers and WKW stimulating demand, I remain hopeful that Wales will overcome the current inertia to enable Welsh forest industries to reach their full potential’ Andrew Bronwin – Founder and Director




In 2007, thousands of tenants voted to transfer the ownership and management of their homes from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council to Trivallis (formally RCT Homes). Trivallis was set up as Wales’s first community mutual housing organisation – a unique model promoted by the Welsh Government to produce community-owned-and-controlled housing. Being a community mutual also means that Trivallis is committed to much more than simply allocating housing and collecting rents. Trivallis promotes community involvement and supports economic regeneration and development of the communities it serves.

‘Trivallis have long been committed to supporting local communities, businesses and skills. Becoming a Founder Member of Woodknowledge Wales will allow us to actively support the development of local timber industries and benefit our local communities through the sustainable jobs, skills and homes this will generate.' Andrew Freegard – Head of Development and New Business



Natural Building Technologies

Natural Building Technologies (NBT) is the leading UK company selling and developing high performance sustainable building systems for construction. NBT works with clients, specifiers, contractors and partners to deliver better and more sustainable buildings in reality through cost effective systems, expert knowledge and full design and construction support. NBT are exclusive suppliers of the Pavatex range of wood fibre insulation boards.

‘The Welsh housing sector, both new build and retrofit, is a rapidly expanding market for NBT products – particularly for the Pavatex range of wood fibre insulation products. By joining the WKW network we can support the development of timber construction in general and benefit NBT through increased product sales.’ Andrew Mitchell –Chief Executive



Coastal Housing Group

Coastal Housing Group is a not-for-profit industrial and provident society, existing only for the benefit of the community, operating in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, and Carmarthenshire. Coastal formed in 2008 after a merger between Swansea Housing Association (formed 1978) and Dewi Sant Housing Association (formed 1991) with the objective of regenerating older stock and building new houses.

We have over 5000 properties for rent and for sale.

To meet the challenges of sustainable growth Coastal has also developed a robust commercial portfolio that mirrors and supports the organisation’s ethos and values, leading the way with a programme of city/town centre mixed-use regeneration.


Accsys PLC (www.accsysplc.com)

The primary focus of Accsys PLC is on the production and licensing of Accoya® solid wood and Tricoya® wood elements technology. Manufactured through the company’s proprietary acetylation process, these products exhibit superior dimensional stability and durability compared with other natural and treated timber and wood elements (wood chips, fibres and particles). Accsys’ operations comprise three principal business units:
1. The commercial scale Accoya® wood production facility in the Netherlands
2. Technology development
3. Technology licensing