Sustainability for a better future – In 2018 the 25 Year Environment Plan (YEP) was launched by the Government. This outlined procedures to create a greener future and improve the environment, within a generation.

One of the goals committed to enhancing bio-security by using natural resources more sustainably and efficiently; working towards the government’s target of zero avoidable waste by 2050.

For these ambitions to be achieved, all organisations need to accept corporate social responsibility for minimising waste. Here at Charltons, we are committed to making the best use of the sustainably resourced timber available.

Most people make the assumption that cutting trees for use in timber products will be bad for the climate & environment because fewer trees will be available to absorb carbon from the air.

This is a correct assumption if you are referring to conventional logging that is destructive as trees are not replaced. However, this is not true when referring to sustainable timber which is harvested responsibly and is good for the environment.

Sustainable timber necessitates that when one tree is cut down to be used, another is planted to replace it. More carbon is stored by young growing trees that older trees.

As long as a timber product does not burn or rot, its carbon content stays ‘locked up’. When trees are harvested, their carbon is stored in timber and they are replaced by new young trees therefore the net effect is removing carbon from the atmosphere, which is good for the environment

Not all timber is the same, so it makes sense to know more about what you’re buying. We use a quality sustainable sourced PEFC Certified slow grown Scandinavian Made in Britain & PEFC logostimber. Quality is as important as certified as using sustainable wood. If the the timber used is substandard, it can be counterproductive as you may end up having to replace your gate sooner than expected. A quality product that provides a long life ultimately means less timber is used. The longer they last the better their carbon footprint. During a gates lifetime a new sustainable tree can grow.

Using recommended galvanised installation components such as hinges and latches are also important as the quality the gate will be compromised by inferior fittings.

Think Sustainability – buying a Charltons Gate, Fence or Landscaping Product you can be assure that is a sustainable product that is Made in Britain.