Lanarkshire Hardwoods has always been proud to provide details of where the wood we provide first came from, where the tree grew that we cut the boards from, its ‘PROVENANCE’. Most trees come from local Scottish estates, woodlands or any sources Patrick can rely on to operate ethically and sustainably. We will turn down offers of trees if we suspect the felling of a tree is not part of good woodland management.
Additionally, many trees used by Lanarkshire Hardwoods are wind-blown or have been felled to due old age or disease and deemed dangerous to the public, but the timber from these trees is often superb. We do not, however, support the felling of mature trees just because they are perceived to be dying back – this is a form of self preservation which carries many trees from mature to veteran or ancient status and in the case of some species like oak this decline stage can give the tree up to a further 300 years of life.
Tree numbers : Each tree is given a number when it arrives at Lanarkshire Hardwoods; Patrick then records all the data against that number, including provenance, measurements and appearance or grading notes. If the tree is big it is cut into shorter sections which are given suffix A, B etc depending on how many usable lengths the trees contains. Wherever you see a product code such as 0622A, 0801C, 0545, these are the tree numbers.
When the tree is planked on the sawmill, each board is individually numbered, e.g 0622A-3 is board number 3 from that the first and biggest diameter section from tree number 0622. More data is recorded about the appearance of the timber and a picture taken, which several years later when the wood is dry will appear on the sawn boards stocklist.