Legal and certification


Paterson Timber Limited are proud to hold certification and membership in the following:

  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)® Chain of Custody (awarded by Exova)

  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Chain of Custody (awarded by Exova)

  • BM TRADA Forest Products Scheme Document (awarded by Exova)

  • Responsible Timber Purchaser (awarded by the Timber Trade Federation)

  • Scottish Timber Trade Association Membership

  • Timber Trade Federation Membership

Approved Supplier Database - PTL maintains an Approved Supplier Database. To maintain ‘approved’ status, suppliers must demonstrate positive and improving environmental credentials.

Chain of Custody systems - PTL has invested in Chain of Custody systems and is committed to buying 3rd party verified stocks when available. The company is able to offer FSC®(Forest Stewardship Council®)(FSC-C007739) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) through bespoke systems. We also hold a Forest Products Chain of Custody Certificate that allows the company to handle timbers sourced under various national certification schemes such as MTCS TLTV, OLB and VLK. PTL gained full Chain of Custody certification in 2003, being one of the first UK timber companies to do so.

Due Diligence - The company performs due diligence on all purchases, certified and non-certified, by risk rating all materials using a risk management tool, the ‘RPP’. A key element of the RPP is to encourage the company’s suppliers towards continuous improvement. The RPP is necessary to enable the Company to conform to the new EU Timber Regulations which are effective from 3rd March 2013. This legislation effectively makes it a criminal offence to import timber from an illegal source into the EU market place.

Reducing waste - Timber components utilise waste wood in the product to reduce the quantity of top material needed. This in turn;

  • Leads to a greater utilisation of the log – reducing waste and forest impact.

  • Increase value of existing forest - making it less likely that the forest area will be cleared for alternative land use.