Anglesey MP sees growth potential of Welsh timber

18 October 2022

On 15 October, Anglesey MP Virginia Crosbie joined Confor Wales National Manager, Anthony Geddes, for a visit to a new housing development that uses Welsh-grown timber and the local forest in Pentraeth.

Starting at the Williams Homes (Bala) and Clwyd Alyn site in Pentraeth, where 48 affordable houses and six flats are being built using Welsh timber, wood fibre insulation and frames, the visit aimed to showcase the opportunities that the forestry and timber sector can deliver for Anglesey’s economic growth.

Williams Homes’ Land and Acquisitions Manager, Ms Penny Lofts, led a tour of the site while explaining what makes this development stand out and the many benefits of using timber in construction. The homes, which have solar panels and air source heat pump, are low carbon and will have low running costs thanks to high energy efficiency.

Anthony talked about all the work that Confor is doing to lift barriers to tree planting and secure the long-term supply of domestic timber that is needed to drive up the numbers of timber-based houses. He also discussed the skilled jobs and new manufacturing opportunities that could be created by the expansion of wood use in construction.