At Quercast Sawmilling, we are highly eco conscious – without being so, we wouldn’t have a business. All of the timber we use is locally sourced and FSC certified or equivalent, and we endeavour to use all of our by-products whilst minimising our impact upon the environment. Any suitable rips will be re-sawn whilst unusable material is chipped up for biomass boilers. All sawdust is bagged on site and recycled for animal bedding, mulch, and other specialist uses. Both offcuts for firewood and sawdust can be bought by our customers. Much of our stock is from over-stood coppices in Kent, Sussex, and Surrey, and we are proud to be responsible for putting nearly 4 acres of neglected coppice back into the coppicing cycle. We strip a lot of sweet chestnut by hand to make rustic poles before chipping the stripped bark and using it as a fall surface in play areas.
Increasingly we have found that many of our clients are turning away from treated softwood which has proved to be low quality and non-durable, especially with tightening environmental restrictions on the use of timber treatments. Instead they favour oak and other traditional English hardwoods for their increased durability which heavily offsets the slight initial increase in cost. Even for outdoor structures, such as fencing and gateposts, untreated hardwood is now becoming the obvious choice over treated softwoods. We do not treat any of our sawn hardwood, but we can enhance durability by employing various methods including stripping, and wrapping and burning. We can also offer advice on these methods and how to extend the life of the timber we supply.