Support your native woodlands.
Buy British wood.
At Vastern Timber we firmly believe that sourcing our logs from British forests is the way forward, not only because it cuts down on road miles, but it also supports the management of our woodlands and those whose livelihoods depend on them.
Although it may seem counter intuitive, the best way to protect woodland in the UK is to use it. By felling mature trees, space is made for new carbon absorbing saplings to flourish and the woodland is earning money to pay for its ongoing management.
As you would expect, when sourcing raw material Vastern Timber complies with the EU Timber Regulation as a minimum, and where possible we favour forests that are independently certified.
We also believe that sourcing our raw material responsibly is only the beginning. Once we have the logs in our yard we have a duty to reduce waste to a minimum by finding uses and markets for every part of the tree.
To this end we have developed resource saving products such as finger jointed oak and sweet chestnut cladding which dramatically reduce the amount of unusable wood through a process of removing defects and bonding the good bits back together. The end product performs better and is cheaper than a traditional solid board which is good news all round.
Even the bark is put to good use at Vastern Timber to power our new biomass plant which supplies heat to all the buildings and the wood drying kilns at our Wootton Bassett site. By using wood chippings we will save thirty six thousand litres of heating oil each year.
For more information visit:
The European Union Timber Regulation www.cpet.org.uk