WL West & Son Ltd; Sawmillers Timber Merchants Fencing Contractors

W.L.WEST & SONS LTD Est.1865

inc. PRO Fencing

Sawmillers Timber Merchants Fencing Contractors
Hardwoods · Machining · Worktops · Cladding · Decking · Gates · Fencing and so much more . . .

Trade & Shop: Mon to Fri - 8am to 5pm     Email: sales@wlwest.co.uk
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Grown in Britain

Why Use Wood

Timber is a natural material which is a true renewable resource. It is probably the most versatile material known to man. It has a high strength to weight ratio and good thermal properties. It can be sawn, riven, machined, drilled, carved and turned. Generally, it is easily glued. Sawing across or along the grain will expose differently pleasing features of the same species. Timber can be finished by sawing, planing, or sanding and polishing, painted, oiled or varnished, any of which can enhance the natural product in different ways. Timber can be naturally preserved by drying, but if the species is susceptible to rotting as some narrow leafed species can be, it can be preserved by pressure impregnation of chemicals.

There is a true satisfaction to skilled tradesmen, the DIY expert and the hobbyist alike in using wood as a material to create something beautiful. It is tactile, and generally no two pieces are the same.

There is a market today in all waste products accumulated from the production of timber products. Recycling for the production of energy is now seen in the UK as a viable heat and power resource. Although we are a bit behind the position of our European neighbours, the market is growing quickly. Nothing is truly wasted and all ‘by-products’ are now utilised and are a valuable part of the income strings.

There is much debate today over the conservation of forests worldwide and the use of timber. Trees should be regarded as a crop and as such should be harvested at maturity, so that a natural resource is not wasted. This should be followed by replanting and commercially efficient husbandry to complete a full cycle.

Whilst widespread devastation of forests should be deplored, it should also be remembered that a selective felling policy does not destroy the forest and allows natural regeneration giving employment to many and valuable foreign currency for exporting countries.

The company has gained FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody

Wood is aesthetically pleasing with totally natural characteristics and a multitude of beautiful colours, textures, properties and strengths which have never been successfully copied with modern materials.


Forestry Commission Statistics

The Forestry Commission compile annually statistics for the forestry and timber sectors. To view a copy click this link

 


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