When you choose to buy Forest of Avon Products, you are helping to counter the negative impacts of climate change.
Timber is a sustainable resource when it comes from managed woodlands - more trees are lanted than are felled and we are easily able to grow as much of it as we need to use in the products and services we supply.
Some of our members use reclaimed timber in some of their products - this timber might have been destined for chipping, landfill or burning. By saving the timber from any of these fates, we are preventing another potential source of CO2 emmissions.
Waste Timber, Found Timber and Offcuts
Chew Valley Charcoal, for example, use waste timber for their product. This timber is a by-product of regualr woodland management operations and might otherwise have been burnt, chipped or left to rot.
Found timber has a special place in the hearts of many of our members. A piece will be identified while out on a woodland walk or in the course of a day's business and some quality in the piece will insopire the finder to create something beautiful and unique from it.
One of the advantages of working co-operatively is that an offcut can find its way from the waste bin in one workshop and end up as a clock or a pair of candlesticks in another. Cutting down on waste is just one of the ways in which we can save energy and conserve resources.
Creating and managing local woodlands means giving people the option to visit and enjoy their natural environement without having to travel and generate emmissions. We are very lucky in the Forest of Avon to have a wealth of well-managed woodland sites within easy reach of where we live - and some of these are managed to produce the raw materials and woodland produce for our members. Its a virtuous circle.
We've all heard of food miles - product miles are just as harmful to the environment. The products and services we offer are grown, made and delivered within a very short distance of where our customers live - often less than 10 miles.