Story: Southern beech forest

Beech timbers

Beech timber has been put to many uses. Southland’s silver beech was popular for household furniture in the first decades of the 20th century. Red beech was used for heavy construction work, agricultural machinery, bus and truck frames, and for houses when other timbers were unavailable.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Beech Foresters. National Film Unit, 1951

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Joanna Orwin, 'Southern beech forest - Beech timber', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by Joanna Orwin, published 24 Sep 2007