Sustainability

Sustainability Commitment

As suppliers and consumers of oak timber, it is our responsibility to be aware of the environmental implications of timber production and actively ensure our own practices are sustainable.

 

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Our Practices

At Hardwoods Group, we only believe in sourcing and supplying European oak from well-managed sources. We wear the proof of our environmental ambitions on our sleeves and proudly source 70% of our beautiful oak from FSC® and PEFC-certified woodlands. If you’re looking to support our ambitions and a very important initiative, please request our FSC® and PEFC-certified timber when discussing your project with us.

 

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Sustainable Construction Material

Material choices matter. Hardwood is a natural, renewable and sustainable material with a lighter carbon footprint than steel, aluminium or concrete. Destroying precious forests on a mass scale emits huge amounts of carbon (more than 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year from deforestation) but harvesting and replanting in a renewable and sustainable way will preserve our atmosphere, our natural world and all the beautiful things within it while still providing a resource we can utilise for building for years to come. Support sustainable building by enquiring today.

 

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Our Contribution to Sustainability

Hardwoods Group are affiliated to a horticultural nursery which itself germinates, plants and nurtures over 10,000 oak (Quercus Robur) trees per year. Grown from acorns, these trees will help support a more sustainable future for generations to come.

 

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Why is Sustainability Important?

Deforestation is a leading cause of the climate crisis and is responsible for the extinction of tens of thousands of species every year. Sustainable practices greatly reduce the consequences of decimating our world’s forests and help to build a brighter future for all animals, plant life and humans. See below for just a few reasons why stopping deforestation before it’s too late is so important.

Loss of biodiversity

Large scale deforestation deprives wildlife of food and shelter and can cause 137 species of plants, animals and insects to completely disappear every day (50,000 every year).

Damage to the water cycle

The water cycle is one of the most important processes in the natural world. In a forested area, much of the local water is retained within the plants themselves. Once these are felled, the cycle is disrupted and life-sustaining water is lost from the local cycle.

 

Soil erosion

Trees and their roots anchor the soil and offer shelter from the wind and rain. When forests are wiped out, the land becomes exposed and is made vulnerable to being washed away by the elements.

Climate change

Heat is trapped in the atmosphere by carbon dioxide and methane, leading to global climate changes. Trees clean the air by releasing oxygen and water into the atmosphere that absorbs CO2. The more trees that disappear, the less clean the air becomes and the higher the temperature grows. Trees also release carbon when they are cleared or burned and on the mass scales of deforestation, this contributes to the rising temperatures. Tropical deforestation accounts for up to 15% of net global carbon emissions each year

 

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