At Blewers Timber we take our environmental responsibilities seriously and are careful to verify that our sources meet the highest standards. We recognise our obligation to help protect the environment. Our timber is selected from managed forests, we do not purchase illegally logged timber and we are committed to acceptable standards and policies.
We use rigorous verification systems to monitor our supplies. We hold environmental Chain of Custody Certification for the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
Chain of Custody is a mechanism for tracking certified material from the forest to the final product to ensure the wood, wood fibre and non-forest product contained in the goods or product line can be traced back to the forest.
Softwood constructional timber is one of the greenest building materials known to man! Trees store and lock in carbon. Providing it has been obtained through responsible sourcing practices, the timber will come from well managed forests in which all felled trees are replaced with saplings. Responsible sourcing can make an important contribution towards sustainable forest management and help to increase the market for timber products which have been independently certified as coming from legal and sustainable sources.
To view our certification, please click on the relevant logo below.
The ten FSC® Principles require the forest owner or manager to do the following:
Compliance with laws and FSC® Principles – to comply with all laws, regulations, treaties, conventions and agreements, together with all FSC® Principles and Criteria.
Tenure and use rights and responsibilities – to define, document and legally establish long-term tenure and use rights.
Indigenous peoples’ rights – to identify and uphold indigenous peoples’ rights of ownership and use of land and resources.
Community relations and worker’s rights – to maintain or enhance forest workers’ and local communities’ social and economic well-being.
Benefits from the forest – to maintain or enhance long term economic, social and environmental benefits from the forest.
Environmental impact – to maintain or restore the ecosystem, its biodiversity, resources and landscapes.
Management plan – to have a management plan, implemented, monitored and documented.
Monitoring and assessment – to demonstrate progress towards management objectives.
Maintenance of high conservation value forests – to maintain or enhance the attributes which define such forests.
Plantations – to plan and manage plantations in accordance with FSC® Principles and Criteria.
PEFC UK Ltd has adopted the definition of sustainable forest management (SFM) initially developed by Forest Europe in 1993 and subsequently adopted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
The organisation is committed to the following guiding principles:
Quality – through the stringency of criteria for technical and professional competencies with which to operate the Scheme.
Continuous Improvement – through response to new knowledge and changes in demands.
Consistency – with internationally recognised indicators and performance criteria of credible forest certification standards, schemes, and of the certification process itself.
Use and promotion of the UK Woodland Assurance Standard – as the criteria and indicators for verification of sustainable forest management in the UK.
Credibility – through third party, independent auditing carried out by certification bodies accredited by UKAS or other accreditation bodies operating to internationally accepted ISO standards and guidelines.
Transparency – of all stages of both the certification standard and the certification scheme
Accountability to, and participation with – the UK and wider forestry and timber using communities and stakeholders.
Cost effectiveness – through minimising the administrative and financial burden to the scheme’s customers.
Accessibility – via the UK Woodland Assurance Standard and the PEFC Council Chain of Custody Standard – to a range of certification options to all forest and wood using types, ownerships and structures.
What is the purpose of this regulation?
The EUTR came into force in the UK on the 3rd March 2013. It bans illegal timber in the EU and required that companies that place wood or wood products on the EU market for the first time to assess the risk that those products may have come from an illegal source and act to mitigate any identified risk.