James Latham are helping us to create our forest wonderland!


Long-term supporter of the National Forest, James Latham will be supporting the first Timber Festival as a principal partner.

James Latham will provide materials for us to build incredible signage and art installations to bring the stunning Feanedock site to life, and create a beautiful experience for festivalgoers in July. The build will include an Eyrie Stage for live performance which will be raised between the trees, a Woodland Library, Hammock Trees and a Woodland Playground in which festivalgoers can get hands-on and build their own timberlands. Materials will also be used to create striking visual arts installations and directional signage, including a Murmuration installation, an incredible flock of starlings suspended above audiences’ heads.

Latham’s have planted a variety of native woodland trees, including oak, birch and hazel, in the National Forest since 2007 together with supporting wider forest and woodland management and maintenance projects to help the forest thrive.

A family-run company since 1757, James Latham is the UK’s biggest independent distributor of wood and panel products with 10 depots nationwide and a brand new 55,000 square feet base in Leicester. Sustainability is paramount to James Latham. They are members and supporters of the Timber Trade Federation and were the first signatories to their Responsible Purchasing Policy. The company has a strong environmental policy with all depots being part of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes.

Chris Sutton, Managing Director, James Latham, says, “Our partnership with the National Forest stretches back more than a decade. Year on year, our activity and engagement has grown and we are very proud to have been able to support them in what they have achieved, which is truly amazing. When we heard about the Timber Festival we were very excited and keen to get involved. As well as promising to be a fun-filled event, it will also be educational, helping to raise awareness about the impact we all have on the environment as well as the many advantages that woods and forests provide to both individuals and communities.”

David Bourque, Director of Development, National Forest Company, says: “James Latham’s support for our first Timber festival demonstrates their commitment to the National Forest. Their generous in-kind support for the festival build, using high quality sustainable timber to build durable materials that can be reused over the years is an essential expression of the aim we share with our festival producers Wild Rumpus, that sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. Together we will build a timber wonderland that will thrill our festival audience.”

Rowan Hoban, Director of Wild Rumpus, says: “One of the things that we love about producing Timber, is that we’re creating an immersive world that people can step into over the weekend. From the signage, decor, art installations and stages, we’ll be transforming Feanedock into a beautiful wonderland for our audience to play in. So we couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with James Latham to turn our sketches, plots and plans into reality, as our build partner supplying the materials for our creations. From a murmuration of wooden birds swooping overhead, to a tribe of woodland monsters designed by local children, to a whole stage deep in the woodland, Latham’s are helping us to build incredible things.”