research was funded by the European Union (ERDF), the Regional Council of
Lapland, Ministry of Interior, the municipalities of Utsjoki, Inari and Sodankyla
and the partner companies.
The project was part of the European Union Northern Periphery Program, which
aims to mitigate the economic and social disadvantages posed by peripherality
of communities within the Northern Periphery Zone. The partners were from
Scotland, Norway and Finland.
aim of the project was to increase the usage of small dimensioned roundwood
in all countries involved in the project. The justification for this was seen
in the need to encourage thinnings and more value added uses of small dimensional
timber in general. The main issue was to identify potential products that
could be developed using roundpole.
Applications identified included housing and accommodation, public buildings;
farm buildings; informal structures; paths; bridges; fencing; playground furniture;
other uses of roundpole, both in the round and machined. Examples provided
ranged from visitor centres and demonstration structures to path edgings,
fence posts to rugby posts. Several non-round applications were also identified,
including sawn timber of various dimensions and chippings for cattle corral
Many products were built including bridges, composite panels and small recreational
buildings. They and others have potential for further implementation and development.
It was notable that whilst basic factors in each country have some similarity,
differences are also apparent. These differences include the existing markets
for roundpole which are more developed in Finland and Norway then in Scotland.
Also forestry practise differs enormously and a Report on the Use and Impact
of Roundpole in Scotland is highly informative in this regard.
The research outputs, including the development of a network of interested
parties, will make a contribution to advancing the debate and action in the
Northern Periphery and in planning for future roundpole use within the framework
of a sustainable, ecologically sound silviculture and built environment.
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