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Receiving Duke of Cornwall Award for Resilient Multi-Purpose forestry.

About Us

Edistone, which is owned by Keith and Decia, became a forestry and timber business in 2001 when it acquired a 70 acre woodland on the slopes of a valley leading up to Lake Vyrnwy in mid-Wales. This marked the start of a second career for Keith having previously worked in manufacturing and distribution around the world.

Decia, in this picture, has just finished helping to erect this log store cluster in Oxfordshire while
Keith, in the picture below, is in the process of unloading a container of logs as part of our former Log Box delivery system. We no longer supply logs.

At first, the woodland was worked to a conventional forestry pattern with harvested timber being sold as round logs to saw mills and a paper mill. But that approach gave very little return, so Keith used his modern manufacturing experience to develop a business that converted the trees into timber products that customers wanted. Soon, a sawmill, timber drying facility and joinery workshop were established.

Soon, the concept of containerised woodfuel delivery was born and after that the log store. The business has not looked back since. Close attention to customer service has been critical to our growth and we have found customer feedback valuable. Many of the product enhancements and improvements to ordering and delivery methods have come directly from customers' comments - for which we are very grateful.

The woodland is certified as responsibly managed by Grown in Britain (GiB-F-WS-5068). We look after the environment and natural habitats in the woodland, harvest less than the forest grows each year and are socially responsible in our neighbourhood.

When trees are harvested, all of the material is put to good use. The small branches and leaves - lop and top as it is known - are left in the forest to rot and improve fertility. The sawdust from milling is sold to local farmers for animal bedding. The slab wood left over over from milling round logs into rectangular boards is converted into boiler fuel to heat the workshop and for two charity projects in the town. The offcuts from log store manufacture are used to heat the office and our holiday cottage. After that, there is not much left.

It is a privilege to own such an attractive woodland and we have allowed MENCAP to set up an outdoor environment for the use of their local workshop. MENCAP is a UK charity that works with people with learning difficulties, their families and carers. We have set aside part of our woodland for their use; they have built a shelter which they use regularly to make kindling and furniture for sale from smaller trees that they have harvested.

We have a Forest School site within the woodland which has already been used of each of the nine local primary schools in our area. Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults opportunities to develop confidence, self-esteem, independence and language and communication skills through hands on learning experiences in a woodland setting.

In 2022, we won the Duke of Cornwall Award for Resilient Multi-purpose Forestry in Wales and Northern Ireland. This competition was part of the Excellence in Forestry programme run by the Royal Forestry Society. This was the culmination of the approach to forestry that is described above.

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