Leading Sustainable Timber Merchant in the UK

Wood is one of the few materials which can be described as truly sustainable. Woodlands have supplied timber for ships, houses and furniture for thousands of years.

However, this reliance has made people concerned that the wood they are using may be contributing to the permanent destruction of forests around the world, which has implications for climate change.

We take this issue very seriously and only supply sustainable timber. All of the wood at Timbersource complies with The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) which came into force on 3 March 2013.

Further to this, there are two certifications that have been devised that have become an industry standard for verifying the source of wood. They demonstrate that the wood used, which has these certificates, has been responsibly managed and the forests harvested have been replanted.

Only reputable sustainable timber merchants have these accreditations and we are proud to only supply timber that holds either the PEFC or FSC certificate (in some cases – both) that confirms the company is sourcing timber from sustainable, managed and replanted forests.

PEFC Sustainable Timber Certification

The PEFC council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1999 which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent, third party certification.

The PEFC provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests. PEFC is a global umbrella organisation for the assessment and mutual recognition of national forest certification schemes developed in a multi-stakeholder process. These national schemes build upon the inter-governmental processes for the promotion of sustainable forest management, a series of on-going mechanisms supported by 149 governments in the world, covering 85% of the world’s forest area. The

PEFC schemes account for over 126 million hectares of forest, producing millions of tonnes of certified timber for the market - making PEFC the world’s largest certification scheme.

FSC Sustainable Timber Certification

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management. The FSC has developed a unique system of independent forest certification and product labelling, helping consumers identify timber and products from responsibly managed woodlands. The FSC is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO).

The process of certification involves inspecting forests to assess their management according to an agreed set of principles and criteria. These include recognition of indigenous peoples' rights, long term economic viability and protection of wildlife. A wide range of forests have already been certified, from Swedish pine plantations to tropical rainforests in Brazil. The FSC system is backed by a range of environmental organisations. These include WWF, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the National Trust and the Woodland Trust, as well as major companies, trade unions and other social groups.

Any timber merchant that gains the right to display the FSC logo can say that their sourced timber comes from responsibly managed forests. More FSC products mean that more FSC certified forests are being managed for the long-term well-being of people and the planet.

FSC has developed 10 rules, or principles, that define good management. These principles are global they can apply to any forest anywhere in world.

Principles for forest stewardship:

  • Compliance with laws and FSC principles
  • Rights and responsibilities relating to land tenure and use
  • Indigenous peoples’ rights
  • Community relations and workers' rights
  • Benefits from the forest
  • Environmental Impact
  • Management plan
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Maintenance of high conservation value forests
  • Plantations

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    Quarry Way, Waterlip,
    Shepton Mallet, Somerset,
    United Kingdom
    BA4 4RN