Woodmanship's Environmental Statement

The aim of the business is to promote the sustainable management of the regions woodlands by making a wide range of sustainable bespoke timber products as demanded by our local clients. This greatly reduces the transport miles from forest to workshop (located in the Haldon Hills and Teign valley) and on from workshop to client.

We manage various woodlands within the area carrying out the most appropriate silvicultural techniques for various woodland types. In all the woodlands we manage, and woodlands we source timber from, we strive for the following management objectives:

In some woodlands we manage we also aim:

The owner Mike Gardner has a degree in Ecological sciences with Forestry honours and over twenty years experience in Forestry, carpentry and woodworking. With good working relationships with many differing woodland owners and managers we are able to source the correct trees locally for the required job. Our products are made using the best species and size of tree for the job. This ensures the best quality product by maximizing its longevity without the use of toxic preservatives and finishes. This also greatly reduces waste in terms of waste timber and transport reducing costs to the customer and the carbon footprint of the product.

We source all our timber by sustainably managing some of the regions woodlands and purchasing forest products from other sustainably managed woodlands as locally as possible. We also utilize individual windblown trees and rarities from dying trees felled for safety reasons in parks and gardens. By using these to make products for which there is a demand locally we reduce unsustainable forest destruction elsewhere in the world. We also stop our customers from needing to purchase timber products from further afield with greater embodied carbon costs due to greater transport distances.

The vast majority of our timber comes from certified woodlands and what does not would easily pass the tests needed to be certified. By harvesting or buying the trees directly and processing it all we know exactly from which woodland in the area all our products come from.