Can't see the wood for the trees?

Well, a leading timber merchant has been given the official stamp of approval for selling environmentally friendly wood.

All bar one of Arnold Laver's Timber World branches across the country have been awarded accreditation from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

The Timber World depot at South Shields will also receive the FSC and PEFC accreditations once it's imminent move to new premises has been completed.

Arnold Laver Timber World can now sell their products with the FSC and PEFC trademarks to inform consumers that their wood and wood-based products are from well-managed forests.

Pat Burke, Arnold Laver Timber World's Group Purchasing Director, said: "We are delighted to receive the accreditation from the FSC and the PEFC. It is a real tribute to the standards of the company.

"At Timber World we aim to provide our customers with consistently high quality products. With well-managed forests we can do exactly this and put at ease people's fears about the environment at the same time."

FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's forests, following public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labelling scheme.

Their chain of custody is for companies that process, transform or trade FSC certified products.

* Meanwhile, Arnold Laver Timber World has boosted its ability to supply softwood products after one of its key suppliers become the largest producer of FSC material in Russia. Siberian production mill, LDK1 sawmill of Lesosibrisk, has obtained a certificate for 300,000 hectares of forest, giving the mill capability of producing 80,000m3 of pure FSC certified sawn timber.

Pat Burke added: "As a key supply partner providing the very best in Angara pine, this further enhances our ability to provide certified softwood products which are proven to be from legal and sustainable sources. "Arnold Laver Timber World is truly the certified softwoods one-stop shop."

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