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  • The Launceston Timber Co Ltd
  • 01566 776506
  • The Mill Yard 2B, Scarne Mill Industrial Estate, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 9HS


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Sustainable Timber

Timber Sourcing and Policy

The Launceston timber co. take great care to only use timber that is ethically grown and sourced. The problems with sourcing have mainly been associated with tropical timbers, which we avoid as manufacturers as we believe that very few of the schemes can adequately cover these kinds of timbers from regions where deforestation is the major environmental issue. We do not use suppliers who cannot certify their timber!

The European oak, and most of the other timbers we use is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified. FSC is one of the most trusted international timber certifications with components including both woodland management and a chain of custody. Although we are not able to FSC certify the timber we use ourselves, our suppliers can so if asked we can prove it to a customer that their timber was FSC sourced. The forest management part of the certification is about careful and long term forest management and is assessed independently to check it reaches agreed standards. Certification guarantees that the timber comes from well managed forests. Our timber suppliers are part of the chain of custody of the timber ensuring that FSC timber has been checked at every stage of its processing.

At the beginning of the 20th century, 5% of land area in Britain was woodland; it is now 10% and growing - as members of Woodland Heritage, The Launceston Timber Co are proud to support and encourage this growth. The British, European and American hardwoods we use are hand selected and come from sustainable forests where new trees are planted to re-stock the woodlands.

The UK forestry standard (UKFS) is the reference standard for sustainable forest management in the UK. It outlines the context for forestry, set out the approach of UK governments to sustainable forest management, defines standards and requirements, and provides a basis for regulation and monitoring- including national and international reporting, guidelines on how to meet the UKFS requirements are ser out in the sub-sections covering biodiversity, climate change, historic environment, landscape, people, soil, and water.

The UKFS applies to England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, it applies to all woodland, irrespective of who owns or manages it. The standard ensures that international agreements and conventions on areas such as sustainable forest management, climate change, biodiversity and the protection or water resources are robustly applied here in the UK.

The Forestry commission in England, Scottish Forestry, Natural resources Wales and the Northern Ireland Forest Service are the main bodies responsible for Implementing the UKFS. These bodies will assess forestry proposals against the standard before giving approval and carry out checks to ensure it is being complied with. The precise arrangements for implementing and monitoring the standard will vary between the four countries.

Further reading and useful sources of information are available upon request directly on the forestry commissions website. The Launceston timber company Ltd. Is in full support of all the well managed forest in England Wales Scotland and northern Ireland and we will only purchase of fully accredited forests or suppliers.