Timber for landscape architecture

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There can be many advantages in using timber in landscape design, both for its physical properties and visual appearance in that it harmonises naturally with the landscape. Timber has good properties of strength, resilience and durability.

This Wood Information Sheet (WIS) gives guidance to specifiers and users of timber in the area broadly described as landscape architecture - that is wood used outdoors - but excludes loose furniture, habitable buildings and playground equipment all of which are covered in the TRADA WIS 0-13Timber in playground equipment. It provides the designer and specifier with a working knowledge of the factors which must be considered when using wood out-of-doors.



  • Applications
  • Specifying suitable species
  • Specifying for desired service life
  • Specifying for wear and tear
  • Importance of moisture in wood in service
  • Finishing timber out of doors
  • Detailing


Suggested Reading

List of Wood Information Sheetsnavigation-arrow

This document contains a fully comprehensive list of all the most up to date Wood Information Sheets (WIS) published by TRADA. Available to members for free or non-members for £12.00, these Wood Information Sheets provide technical guidance related to almost every timber topic under the sun.



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17/07/2017 |  Wood Information Sheet  

List of British Standards June 2016navigation-arrow

A list of British Standards which relate directly to timber, updated bimonthly.

06/06/2016 |  British Standards List  

List of British Standards June 2017navigation-arrow

A list of British Standards which relate directly to timber, updated bimonthly.

26/06/2017 |  British Standards List