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Welcome to The Launceston Timber Co Ltd
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We take great pride in Sustainable timber and well managed forests.
Timber Sourcing and Policy
The Launceston timber co. take great care to only use timber that is ethically grown and sourced. The problems with sourcing have mainly been associated with tropical timbers, which we avoid as manufacturers as we believe that very few of the schemes can adequately cover these kinds of timbers from regions where deforestation is the major environmental issue. We do not use suppliers who cannot certify their timber!
The European oak, and most of the other timbers we use is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified. FSC is one of the most trusted international timber certifications with components including both woodland management and a chain of custody. Although we are not able to FSC certify the timber we use ourselves, our suppliers can so if asked we can prove it to a customer that their timber was FSC sourced. The forest management part of the certification is about careful and long term forest management and is assessed independently to check it reaches agreed standards. Certification guarantees that the timber comes from well managed forests. Our timber suppliers are part of the chain of custody of the timber ensuring that FSC timber has been checked at every stage of its processing.
At the beginning of the 20th century, 5% of land area in Britain was woodland; it is now 10% and growing - as members of Woodland Heritage, The Launceston Timber Co are proud to support and encourage this growth. The British, European and American hardwoods we use are hand selected and come from sustainable forests where new trees are planted to re-stock the woodlands.
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