2014-09-03  

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Forest and Woodland Certification Scheme tops 200,000 hectares

UPM Tilhill is celebrating reaching a major milestone since launching its own Forest and Woodland Certification scheme.

With the certification of the historic Woburn Estate, UPM Tilhill’s total UKWAS certified area now exceeds 200,000 hectares.

Planting on Woburn Estates

Planting on Woburn Estates

UPM Tilhill already carries out tree condition surveys, woodland creation work and harvesting for Woburn Estate, part of which is now to be certified.

Certification Manager for UPM Tilhill Ewan McIntosh said: “We’re very proud of how the scheme has grown in a short space of time and to have been involved in certifying so much of the UK’s woodland. Working with the Woburn Estate continues to be a huge privilege and we were delighted to celebrate a major certification milestone with this customer.”

UPM Tilhill has been providing a certification service to woodland owners since 1999 and now runs the largest FSC and PEFC Certification Scheme in the UK with 40% of the privately owned, certified woodland within the company’s scheme.

Led by Ewan McIntosh, UPM Tilhill’s team of experienced forest managers across the country helps woodland owners maintain compliance to the UKWAS ensuring access to timber markets and the price premium often paid for certified timber.

Ewan added: “Certification provides woodland owners with improved access to timber markets and often a favourable price premium for certified timber. Certification also provides land owners with an internationally and independently verified standard that demonstrates sustainable forest management - which many of forest owners see as a key part of their corporate social responsibility.”

Certification is available to any woodland owners, regardless of whether they are a UPM Tilhill customer.

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