Robert Somerville  Building Projects
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East Anglian elm

A typical East Anglian elm barn.

For projects in the East of England, there is a surprising opportunity to build with elm wood. In parts of the region, there are old hybrids of elm tree that are resistant to Dutch Elm disease. Often found in old elm plantations, there is a potential for a sustainable source of structural quality elm. The region also has a tradition of elm timber framing particularly from the 18th century.

This tradition is ripe for revival. As a locally sourced material, it fits with Robert’s design ethos. Robert and a team of volunteers are currently working on a new elm-framed agricultural barn and look forward to future projects employing elm wood.

Robert’s enthusiasm for wood is infectious.

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