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Wood Protection Association 2022 Awards & Conference 

June 29th & 30th 2022
Windmill Village Hotel, Golf & Spa - Coventry 

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Now in its 8th year, the WPA annual two day event celebrates all that is good in the timber industry. 

The Awards recognise the achievements of businesses in the wood protection technology sector whilst insightful industry news and views are shared and debated at conference



The whole event relies on sponsorship funding. A big thank you to all of the sponsors who continue to support the WPA, Arxada, BSW Group and Impra are this year's main event sponsors

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The annual WPA Golf competition is sponsored once again by Bond Timber - who are very generous hosts! Played on the morning of Wednesday 29 June on the hotel's 18 hole, Par 70 course, it's a very popular event where teams made up from various companies battle their skills in friendly rivalry.


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These Awards are a showcase for all that’s best about the wood protection sector of the timber industry and recognise excellence in areas that are vital to business success. Five awards will be presented at our presentation evening on 29 June and entry is open to any organisation - WPA member or not:

Preservative Treated Wood Project of the Year  | sponsored by Koppers 

This Award is a showcase for timber used in construction or landscaping projects where wood preservative treatment(s) has been used to enhance durability and/or performance. 

Any size project completed in the last 2 years or currently under construction can be nominated. 

Flame Retardant Treated Wood Project of the Year | sponsored by Impra  

This Award is a showcase for timber used in construction or engineering projects where flame retardant treatment(s) has been used to enhance performance. 

Any size project completed in the last 2 years or currently under construction can be nominated. 

Modified Wood Project of the Year  | sponsored by Teknos 

This Award is a showcase for timber used in construction or landscaping projects where modified wood technology has been used to enhance performance and/or meet specific design requirements. 

Any size project completed in the last 2 years or currently under construction can be nominated. 

Treated Wood Marketing Award | sponsored by WPA

The WPA Treated Wood Marketing award is open to any organisation which has undertaken a campaign to sell treated wood and/or to help raise awareness about the correct specification and use of treated wood. The Award covers online and off-line marketing including website development, social media activity, point of sale promotion, advertising, newsletters, communication initiatives, PR etc.

Treated Wood Trader of the Year  | sponsored by Arxada 

This coveted Award is all about customer service. Entry is open to any business producing, distributing or selling preservative or flame-retardant pre-treated wood or wood-based panel products in the UK. 

Applicants should focus on what differentiates their business from other suppliers and helps them to retain and build customer loyalty as a key part of business success. 

Customer testimonials can be taken into account.

Award sponsors:

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Making the Most of Wood Conference 2022  

Our half day conference starting at 9.25am on the morning of Thursday 30 June gets to grips with the big issues and talking points of the wood protection industry.  


We have an excellent line up of guest speakers:

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Ed Suttie
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Callum Hill

Opening welcome by Gordon Ewbank WPA

Keynote Speech
Charlie Law TDUK  

The role of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD’s)

What are Environmental Product Declarations and why they hold the key to verifying the sustainability credentials of treated wood and help to overcome misperceptions about the use of durability enhancing wood protection products in construction.


Ed Suttie BRE

WPA field trial of preservative impregnated fence posts – year 7 performance 

In 2015 WPA contracted BRE to establish and report on the durability performance of preservative impregnated home grown timber fence posts. The seven-year inspection is currently being carried out and Ed will give conference the highlights of how the spruce, pine, larch and Douglas fir posts are performing.

Dave Hopkins TDUK

TTF Treated wood action plan and progress to QA of treatment processes 

Members of the TTF voted overwhelmingly in late 2019 to support a three-stage strategy to grow demand for preservative treated wood. Stages 1 and 2 were focused on raising buyer awareness about how to specify treated wood correctly and identify it correctly in sales materials. Stage 3 was a move to third-party quality verification of the treatment process. Dave will give conference an update on how the Action Plan is working.

Callum Hill JCH Industrial Ecology Ltd

Wood modification: hope or hype?
 It's more than 15 years since modified wood technologies started to be used on a commercial scale to enhance the durability of wood. Callum Hill has been at the forefront of modified wood from the outset. Often hailed as the future of treated wood Callum will give conference an overview of the most recent developments and what lies ahead for modified wood.  

Conference sponsors:

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After Dinner Entertainment

Once again the amazing magician and all-round entertainer Richard Pinner will amaze and delight us as part of the Awards evening.

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Wednesday 29 June: 

  • Annual golf competition (tee-off 11am).

  • Awards evening: drinks reception; 3-course dinner with wine; after dinner entertainment; awards presentation.

Thursday 30 June:

  • Conference (half day): Making the Most of Wood 

  • Lunch

​Golf: fee per golfer, £30 (includes refreshments).

Awards & Conference

Cost for WPA members: £225 + VAT per person (non-members: price on application)

This is a 24-hour delegate rate and covers the Awards evening – dinner with wine, entertainment, awards presentation, accommodation, breakfast, conference attendance and lunch. 

Conference only (with lunch)

WPA members: £75 | non-members: £100