Guidance and advice on what woodland owners and managers need to know about:
- UK government Timber Procurement Policy (TPP)
- the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR)
- supplying woodfuel to the renewable energy and heat markets.
- sustainable forest management (SFM)
- the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS)
- additional sustainable forest management criteria under the Renewables Obligation (RO) and Renewables Heat Incentive (RHI) schemes.
Timber traceable to a forest with a fully implemented forest management plan in line with the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) requirements and guidelines meets the UK government’s Timber Procurement Policy. The Forestry Commission has guidance to woodland owners in England, and suppliers using wood from small English woodlands, to help them meet the requirements of government TPP. The CPET Growers Guide has advice to woodland owners and managers on UK timber procurement policy, EU Timber Regulation, and supplying woodfuel to renewable energy and heat markets.
If your woodland is not certified through either FSC or PEFC UK (Category A evidence), you may be able to demonstrate compliance with the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS). If a woodland is assessed by either FSC or PEFC against the UKWAS, timber can be sold as FSC and / or PEFC certified.
Alternatively you can meet the Category B criteria using Forest source: checking category B evidence and if needed Forestry supply chain: check category B evidence guidance documents.