There is a climate emergency. England is (almost certainly) in a state of deforestation, and our local environment is in a desperate state. We can’t ignore this situation.
We’re taking action, but we know we can do more. Our environmental policies are a continual work in progress, and we’re committed to being open and honest about our impact.
In 2022 we joined ‘Business declares’ and published a manifesto, outlining our plan of action to begin addressing the climate crisis. Together, we’re measuring and reducing our carbon footprint, while supporting projects that have a positive impact on our local woodlands and wider environment.
Tom Barnes, managing director of Vastern Timber.
Vastern is part of Business Declares, the fast-growing network of businesses who acknowledge the climate and ecological emergency. As part of this group, we have published a report on the Greenhouse gas emissions from our business.
We’re working on lowering emissions as far and as fast as possible, while reducing waste in all its forms.
Filmmaker, Charly Le Marchant, and our MD, Tom, present a video series about UK woodland. Together with a range of experts, they’re exploring what lies ahead for our trees, timber, wood and woodland.
There’s more to ‘sustainability’ than ticking the PEFC box. Wood may have come from an independently certified, well-managed forest, but if it’s transported to the other side of the planet, is it sustainable?
It’s inherently more sustainable to make use of our local resources.
As part of our efforts to reduce the negative impact of our business activities, and to meet the requirements of Business Declares, in 2022 we completed our first in-depth carbon audit.
We published the results in full.
We donate 1% of our revenue to projects and organisations that are working to improve UK forests. We encourage a wide range of organisations to apply for our funding – we call it the 1% Woodland Tax.
See some of the success stories from 2022
Grown in Britain www.growninbritain.org
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification www.pefc.org
TRADA (Timber research and Development Association) www.trada.co.uk
The European Union Timber Regulation www.cpet.org.uk