It is perfectly possible to buy both locally grown soft and hardwoods here in the South East of England.
Local timber is appropriate for a huge variety of uses including flooring, furniture, window frames and indeed, constructing entire houses.
Choosing the right timber for the right job is essential for effective performance. Buying local timber from a local supplier means you can see your timber at an early stage, discuss your exact needs with an expert and even visit the woodland or forest it has come from.
Although certification schemes such as Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) show the timber is sustainably managed, they do not show that it is sourced locally. Usefully, when buying local timber, the source of the timber can be tracked through the chain of custody so you can check that it is locally sourced and sustainably managed. Don't hesitate to ask where the timber comes from.
Using local timber:
is good for wildlife
offers job opportunities
brings wealth to the region
improves woodlands for recreation.
More questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions (PFD 23 kb).