Top personnel from one of the country’s leading timber merchants have returned from an eco-friendly mission to Canada.

Arnold Laver Timber World sent four members of staff to Vancouver in British Columbia to visit their primary suppliers of specialist softwood timbers - in particular Western Red Cedar, Hemlock and Douglas Fir.

The trip took in 12 sawmills over a four-day period and allowed the group to view the production and grading processes and to verify the sourcing of raw materials.

Simon Downes, National Accounts Director, Pat Burke, Group Purchasing Director, Daniel Jones, Group Clear Softwoods Manager and Geoff Sargeant, Area Sales Representative formed the Arnold Laver group.

Pat Burke said: “Certain Canadian softwood products are becoming increasingly fashionable, especially with UK architects. Given the importance of supplying timber products from sustainable sources, Timber World intends to offer these products with third party accredited environmental certification via the Canadian Standards Authority (CSA) scheme.

“CSA certified goods are recognised by the UK government as having been sourced from legal and sustainable forest areas.

“Arnold Laver Timber World considers environmental issues to be vitally important. As well as such visits to supplying countries, all Timber World branches have Chain of Custody in place for the five major Forest Certification Schemes, are members of Forests Forever and signatories to the Timber Trade Federation's Responsible Purchasing Policy."

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