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Racc'moder : Jerriais

to mend / bring back to life

Racc'moder

THISPROJECTIS EXPLORINGINNOVATIVEUSES ANDASSOCIATEDLOGISTICSFOR FALLENTIMBERAFTER STORMCIARAN HITJERSEY

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Racc'moder is a community and cultural development project exploring innovative uses and associated logistics for fallen timber after Storm Ciaran.

- Environmental Impacts & Sustainable Solutions

- Reducing Carbon Footprint

- Community Agency and Empowerment

- Disaster response

- Training and skill development

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A two day visit to Jersey was undertaken by Evolving Forests, Assemble and Material Cultures to:

  1. assess the state of the storm-felled timber;

  2. investigate potential uses and sites for using the timber;

  3. engage with community and Government.

  4. provide timber audit training to a range of non-profit organisations and individuals.

The small amounts of damaged and wind-blown trees we were able to audit showed significant potential for volumes of timber from a wide range of species that could be used in structural applications; for interior joinery & furniture; for exterior joinery/street furniture; for ecological restoration work. This volume is being degraded every day by either loss due to clearance work or being left in-situ where it will start to rot.

A number of sites were visited with a view to how rescued timber could be reused. This included high-status sites in St Helier, housing and the potential of temporary pavilions to house events. Even if a public-facing project could be found, however, the immediate need is for a processing hub that can house a sawmill, timber-drying kiln, storage and workspace. This would ideally be built from the storm damaged timber.

Public meetings held on Monday evening in St Helier and Tuesday morning on the Jersey Show ground were both oversubscribed. Government ministers, environmental organisations, tree surgeons, architects, planners and developers were all represented.

There is considerable interest not only in using this time-limited timber but also the wider issues of both local material supply and sustainable land-use, resilient woodland management & woodland planting. (Jez Ralph - Evolving Forests)

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