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Owner & MD: Tom Compton

2020 marked the 20th anniversary of Tom Compton becoming a co-owner of English Woodlands Timber Ltd.

Tom Compton portrait by Gus Farmer

Tom’s journey began cooking sausages over a campfire at his grandparents’ small patch of Sussex woodland in the late 1970s. Those happy days led to a career in forestry and landscaping that has seen huge changes in the industry, and the birth of new markets for forestry products.

“Today, there is a whole new generation of makers, artisans and architects who need sustainably sourced timber in custom sizes – and they want to buy in new, seamless, frictionless ways. It’s a renaissance for timber, it’s transforming our industry. And I love it.” (more…)

Your Vote Counts at the TTJ Awards 2020

Every year the Timber Trades Journal recognises the Good and the Great in the British timber industry with the TTJ Awards.


For the 2nd year running the TTJ have enabled online voting for timber buyers across the woodworking world.

That means all you hardworking joiners, furniture makers, timber framers, timber construction professionals get to vote for your bests, your faves, your go-to timber suppliers.

Our timber industry is your industry too.

Make your vote count!


Owner & Director: Ian McNally

It’s no joke to say our Ian can smell a good business opportunity, in fact, it was the smell of freshly sawn pine that sparked his love of the timber industry.


Ian’s a successful entrepreneur who loves technology and travel, and when you combine that kind of thinking with sustainable natural products like timber, you get English Woodlands Timber.


It’s Your Timber Industry Too

Why should I vote in the Timber Trades Journal Awards?

Because our timber industry is your industry too.

Have your say.


The TTJ* Awards are our (that includes you!) industry’s way of recognising the best efforts of everyone involved. We try to support the TTJ and take part in our industry event even though we’re small.

You’re part of that industry too. It wouldn’t exist without all you hardworking woodworkers so it’s right that you have your say by being able to vote for who serves you best.



Our Coronavirus FAQ’s updated

The coronavirus lockdown is easing and things are slowly moving again so we’ve revised our FAQ’s to keep you up to date with going’s on…

Here are our FAQ’s just for you.


Q. Are you open?

A. Production is fully functioning and running at full speed but our woodyard is still closed to visitors.

Q. Can we get advice, a quote or place an order? 

A. Of course! We’re available during normal office hours (8am-5pm) for calls and email responses.

Q. Are you still taking orders? 

Absolutely. We never stopped taking orders even during the production hiatus but we’re now up and running taking and producing orders all day long.

Q. What’s the lead-time on orders? 

Our lead-times are back normal.

  • 2-3 day lead time on video appointments
  • 1-2 week lead time on picking lists & boards to make via video
  • 1-2 week lead time for cts & machining
  • 2-3 week lead time for homegrown fresh sawn cladding & structural timber
  • 1-2 week lead time on fresh sawn timber cladding & structural timber coming from France

the only difference is that we’ve added Video Appointments to our service to replace self-selection, if you haven’t done it yet give it a try!

Q. How can I buy timber if I can’t come to the woodyard? 

Completely remotely, that’s how.

We’ve always done your quotes and taken your orders remotely via phone or email so no change there.

The online stocklist lets you search through every piece of timber in the woodyard – non-stop changes there but we’ll tell you’ll  about those another time.

But here’s the BIG change… we’ve added Timber Selection by Video to replace self-selection. Sounds a bit bizarre but it works really well.

Here’s the Quick Look ‘how to’ to find out more

Q. Can I still collect my order myself or book a delivery? 

A. The simple is yes.

We’re arranging deliveries as normal and we have a contact-less protocol for our drivers that we hope all our customers will respect too.

For collections, same thing. We have a contact-less collection protocol here at the yard that allows you to arrange for your collection and receive your timber with zero contact.


So there it is in a slightly large nutshell.

We’ll soon have contact-less timber buying down to a fine art and you’ll wonder why you ever did it another way!

We hope those answers have eased your concerns a little.

And make sure you let us know what’s happening with you. Tell us what we can do to support you and your business now and when we eventually open our gates again.

Talk to us 01730 816941

Write to us

Get a Quote

Check the stock

And here’s our Quick Look ‘how to’ for buying timber online

We’re here for you 24/7 in some way shape or form.

Stay safe wood people,
the EWT gang



BUYING TIMBER ONLINE Pt 1: Differently Means Digitally
BUYING TIMBER Pt 2: You Choose
BUYING TIMBER Pt 3: Collections & Deliveries
COVID-19 Woodyard Updates



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