FSC Membership

Mar 04
POSTED BY Lyndan Orvis
Tenbury 5ft bench

Responsibly sourced wooden garden furniture

Tenbury 5ft bench (pictured above)

Hayes Garden World ensures that wherever possible our wooden furniture is manufactured from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) sustainably sourced timber.

FSC vision statement:

".... world's forests meet the social, ecological, economic rights and needs of the present generation without compromising those of future generstions."

The FSC is a non-profitable organisation which promotes and aids the development of standards of forestry throughout the world. It is responsible for the monitoring of certified operations and protects the FSC trademark thus allowing consumers to choose their goods from well managed sources who’s commercial timber operations are executed in an environmentally responsible and socially beneficial manner. Consequently all timber with the FSC Trademark will mean that the forest from which it was felled will be sustainable and will not contribute to deforestation. The timber is tracked from the forest from which is is sourced to the end product ready to be sold to the consumer. There are 3 types of classification:

  • 100% sustainable timber
  • FSC mix (may contain elements from non-sustainable sources)
  • FSC recycled

There are 10 principles by which the FSC adhere:

  1. compliance with the law and the FSC principles
  2. tenure and use rights and responsibilities
  3. rights of indigenous peoples
  4. workers rights and good community relations
  5. maintain the long term economic, social and environmental benefits from the forest
  6. maintain and restore the biodiversity, resources, landscape and ecosystem
  7. ensuring the management plan is implemented, monitored and documented
  8. forest assessment and monitoring
  9. maintain the high conservation value forests
  10. plan and manage plantations in accordance with FSC principles

FSC members include some of the world’s leading environmental Non-governmental Organisations such as Greenpeace and the WWF, businesses which focus on being environmentally aware in the manufacture of their paper products eg. Tetra Pak and Mondi plc., and social organizations like the National Aboriginal Forestry Association of Canada and The Woodland Trust. Also included are the many processing companies, forest owners and managers, campaigners, and individuals.

Tenbury bench

Tenbury bench

This contrasting group of people defines best practices for forestry that addresses social and environmental issues. The membership consensus sets the FSC Principles and Criteria  representing the highest standards of forest management which are environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable. To guarantee that no one viewpoint dominates the others, FSC membership has three chambers i.e. environmental, social and economic, each possessing equal rights in decision-making. Finally, in order to ensure that the FSC membership has globally fair representation, members represent either North or South sub-chambers.

FSC Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Certification

  • Certification ID: TT-COC-002673
  • Certificate Code: TT-COC-002673    
  • FSC License Code: FSC-C016228
  • Standard: FSC-STD-40-004 V2-1

FSC logo

Our membership to the FSC means that we are audited each year to ensure that we are following the guidelines of the FSC, this permits us to advertise FSC products with the use of their logos.

With almost 20 years experience sourcing, importing and retailing garden furniture. He has a great understanding of the UK furniture market, with vast knowledge of the suppliers and brands available. Lyndan now runs the E-Commerce for Hayes Garden World and is available to share this knowledge on our regular blogs. Feel free to comment on any of his blogs or add your questions for a response.