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Government committed to FSC certified timber

The UK government has confirmed that United Kingdom public sector buyers should use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified timber.

The FSC is an independent international organisation which supports responsible forestry. It produces a “tick tree” logo that is attached to timber to certify that the timber has been produced by sustainable forests.

Starting in 2004, the Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET), a government body, checks the FSC certification process every four years to make sure that it complies with current UK and European legislation concerning sustainable forestry.

The latest review was this year, and CPET concluded that FSC complied 100% with the sustainable regulations for wood products. This means that all public sector buyers can continue to use FSC certified wood.

Sustainable forestry means that all trees harvested are replaced so that the forest regenerates naturally. FSC certified wood is obtained from forests that contain protected areas where trees are not felled. This is to protect wildlife, a scheme supported by major environmental charities including the World Wildlife Fun, Greenpeace and the Woodland Trust.

FSC also protects native people who use the forest. Trees are not cut down on any sacred sites.

If you are fitting hardwood flooring in your Cheshire home with FSC wood then you can be assured that its environmental friendly. FSC wood can be tracked and monitored at every stage of its journey from the forest, the timber merchant to the installer who arrives at your house to lay the floor.

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