Spring may have sprung but sadly so has a global pandemic, leading many to be stuck at home for the foreseeable future. Those lucky enough to have access to a garden may well be looking to develop their space to grow vegetables or simply to make it a nicer place to be. Fortunately, April is the perfect time to think about getting to work in your garden! Creating a beautiful, peaceful garden gives you somewhere to relax, and can provide valuable habitat for wildlife. There are countless FSC-certified products available to meet your garden needs, from planters to patio furniture, so you can garden with the confidence that you are helping to protect the world’s forests.
Burgon and Ball
Burgon and Ball’s (FSC®C005339) history goes all the way back to 1730, when they began manufacturing sheers in Sheffield. Since then, they have produced an estimated 250,000 sheep sheers! The company are known for their high quality products. They even have the seal of approval from Alan Titchmarsh, and have supplied his ‘Love Your Garden’ series with garden tools.
Their collection of FSC-certified wooden potting shed accessories has everything you need to get stuck in with your gardening, including trowels, tampers, and twine. Their FSC-certified wooden paper pot makers even allow you to make your own biodegradable pots from recycled newspaper. Need some help keeping your tools organised? Their steel garden caddies have an FSC-certified beech handle, and are perfect for keeping your workspace tidy.
Witham Timber (FSC®C007915) is a family run business located in Lincolnshire. They have over 40 years’ experience of producing garden timber, and are proud to “show support for the highest standards of sustainable forest management”.
Their hardwood garden furniture collection is all FSC-certified, and includes chairs, benches, and tables of various sizes. Their extensive garden planter range ensures they are bound to have the perfect style for your garden, from square lattice planters and seat planters, to sandpits and stands.
Forest Garden (FSC®C004457) have been selling wooden garden products for over 50 years and are proud to demonstrate their commitment to responsible forestry through their FSC certification. The majority of their timber is grown and felled from managed forests in Scotland, cut and processed in their nearby sawmill, and manufactured in rural Worcestershire.
Home composting is an easy, environmentally-friendly way of getting rid of garden and kitchen waste, and also produces free, nutrient rich compost. Forest Garden’s compost bins are all FSC-certified, and come in a variety of sizes so you can find the perfect fit for your garden.
If your priority is to fill your garden with beautiful plants and flowers, an obelisk allows you to train climbing plants and makes an eye catching focal point in a flower bed. This one from Forest Garden is made from FSC-certified pressure treated timber.
If you have a more ambitious project in mind, they also have a huge selection of garden buildings, including summer houses, sheds, and greenhouses.
At the time of writing, these companies were still operating delivery service during the Covid-19 outbreak. Please check their websites for updates before ordering, and expect potential delayed deliveries.