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Bambra Agroforestry Farm Visit Raphie, Paul and Holly from CERES Fair Wood visit Rowan Reid’s stunning Bambra Agroforestry Farm Demonstration with graduates of the Gippsland Master Tree Growers Course and Western Port Catchment Landcare Network. Rowan Reid is serious aussie agroforestry academic, who created his amazing Bambra Agroforest Farm, in the lush Otways. Rowan has […]
CERES Fair Wood has established itself as an honest broker, linking people seeking environmentally and socially responsible timber with small local farm foresters and salvage sawmillers who can struggle to find a market for their resource. While still small in scale, could this social enterprise’s local ‘chain of custody’ approach become a new model for […]
CERES Fair Wood wins Darebin competition for start-ups! March 2018 Here is an excerpt from the article in the Herald Sun by Richard Pearce, Preston Leader, March 2018. ‘Architect Paul Haar came up with the idea to counter the huge amount of timber illegally farmed from countries like Myanmar and Cambodia and support sustainable and […]
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The Mullum Creek Timber Products Guide was created as part of the Mullum Creek project – an ecologically sustainable housing development in
The Mullum Creek Timber Products Guide. This excellent Timber Products List was created as part of the Mullum Creek project, which is an ecologically sustainable housing development in Melbourne.
The International Greenpeace Good Wood Guide is useful for furniture makers looking at imported timbers. It recommends FSC timbers and alternatives for non-sustainable imported timbers.
For detailed information on the properties of timber, timber applications and all of the known Australian species, Wood Solutions is an excellent resource.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Deciding whether a timber product has been sourced in a sustainable way can be difficult. Ask your timber supplier about the source of the timber and ensure you are comfortable with the answer. Where the wood is from is often more important than the timber species itself. If you know a piece is recycled, or sourced from farm forestry, or salvaged, then you can be more certain it is sustainable than if you do not have that information.
Ask your timber supplier where the timber is from. It is very important to know the source of the timber and to only buy from a trusted supplier.
Of all the timber certifications in Australia, the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification is the most environmentally rigorous.
If in doubt, choose FSC timber grown in Australia or New Zealand. For a detailed Timber Products Guide, which recommends specific brands and timbers refer to the Mullum Creek Timber Products Guide.
Farm forestry incorporates commercial tree growing into farming systems, and includes plantations and native forests on farms. Through the use of a strategic location in the landscape, farm forestry can:
• simultaneously address multiple issues, making it a cost-effective public investment
• provide landholders with an alternative source of income from wood and non-wood products
• improve agricultural production by providing shelter for livestock and crops.