Winter is coming…

Winter is just around the corner and with that comes a high volume of orders for log deliveries. We aim to provide our customers with a delivery turnaround of 3-5 working days from the time the order has been received, which is why we have purchased a new truck for local deliveries!

We will now have 3 Nissan Cabstar’s on the road delivering single and double loads to our local customers. This will create more room for deliveries and keep our lead time to a minimum.

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That being said, although we try to keep our delivery waiting times low, 3-5 business days is a long time to wait without any log fuel when in the middle of winter. That’s why we always advise customers to place an order for their logs long before they run out, leaving enough stock to fall back on whilst waiting for the next delivery.

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Imported Timber – Why shouldn’t we use it?

There are several reasons why we would advise against using imported logs and only using logs from companies that are certified as Grown in Britain suppliers. These being;

  • You know where the wood has come from. When purchasing logs that have been grown in Britain and are certified, you have the assurance that your wood has been felled from sustainably managed woodlands from within the UK. You might find that companies who aren’t accredited, will often not display where they source their logs from, so you are unaware if the wood you are buying is imported or not.
  • Wood can carry harmful diseases and pests, which can spread when importing infected trees or wood into the UK. Examples of these are; Chalara, which we went into detail about in the August issue of The Timber Times, and Thaumetopoea Processionea (Oak Processionary Moth) which you can read about later on in this issue. Buying Grown in Britain wood helps to minimise the risk of any deadly diseases for trees being imported.
  • Imported wood is also bad for the environment, as a result of the extended shipping times and shipping requirements, more fuel is being used to get this across to the UK.
  • At Walker’s Logs, we only purchase timber from sustainably managed woodlands within the UK. This is then cut, kiln-dried and packaged within the Walker’s Logs yard in the Cotswolds – so we know that nothing that we provide our customers with has been imported and is all Grown in Britain.

What is Oak Processionary Moth?

Thaumetopoea Processionea, also known as Oak Processionary Moth (OPM), is a pest that is harmful to not only the oak tree species but to humans and other wildlife too. This pest refers to caterpillars that are very long, with white hairs, a grey body, a dark head, and they feed on oak trees. These tend to be seen around mid-spring and early summer, and they often appear in groups when feeding and moving around. Large groups of these feeding can strip an oak tree making them vulnerable to other diseases, or pests.

These are not only harmful to the oak tree species but humans and animals too. The caterpillars develop small hairs containing thaumetopoein. They shed these hairs when they feel threatened or disturbed and they can be blown through the wind allowing them to stick to clothes, grass and other trees.

If these make human contact, they can cause skin irritations, sore throats, breathing difficulties and in more severe cases allergic reactions. It is advised to thoroughly wash any clothes, hair or any other items that you suspect have come into contact with and to seek medical advice if you show symptoms of breathing difficulties, or an allergic reaction.

OPM is thought to have arrived in the UK from imported trees carrying eggs on them. There are government-led programmes in place to minimise the population, the spread and the impacts of OPM caterpillars and there are treatments in place for infected oak trees.

There have also been tighter restrictions on the importation of Oak trees within the UK. For further information regarding OPM, you can visit the Forestry Commission website.

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