Timber for landscape architecture

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Timber has always featured widely in landscape design, due both to its physical properties and to its attractive appearance, which harmonise naturally with the landscape.


This Wood Information Sheet (WIS) gives guidance to designers and specifiers of landscape architecture by providing a working knowledge of the factors which must be considered when using timber outdoors.



  • 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 and maintenance.


This WIS was revised in June 2020. The changes include: clarification over what is covered in the WIS; details of specification for a desired service life; amendments to Table 2; the importance of moisture in wood in service; timber finishes; and detailing and maintenance.


For queries about this technical document, please get in touch with its authors via BM TRADA’s Technical Helpline on +44 (0)1494 569601 or email timberadvice@bmtrada.com.


A paper/digital copy of this Wood Information Sheet is available in the BM TRADA Bookshop, which also hosts additional specialist timber publications.

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 BM TRADA. Available to members for free or non-members from £12.00, these Wood Information Sheets provide technical guidance related to almost every timber topic under the sun.



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10/05/2021 |  Wood Information Sheet  

List of British Standards April 2019navigation-arrow

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

02/04/2019 |  British Standards List  

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