John Moore’s report summarising all the available knowledge of the properties of UK-grown Sitka spruce is available for free as a downloadable pdf from the Forestry Commission.
Research into the wood properties and performance of products made from Sitka spruce has been undertaken in Great Britain for almost 90 years by a number of organisations, most notably the Forestry Commission, Forest Products
Research Laboratory (FPRL), Building Research Establishment (BRE), Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA), Imperial College London, University of Oxford, University of Wales Bangor, and University of Aberdeen. Smaller research groups were also based at Abertay University and Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. Most recently, research groups at Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Glasgow, in collaboration with Forest Research, have investigated the wood properties of Sitka spruce as part of the Strategic Integrated Research in Timber (SIRT) project.
This publication is written for forest scientists, engineers, wood processors, and end users of wood products who are seeking a better understanding of Sitka spruce’s material properties and potential end uses