The pilot project was undertaken by the following project partners:

Commercial Forestry Services Ltd

Commercial Forestry Services (CFS) has provided professional forestry services to private clients since 1986. Services include forestry consultancy and related project management and advisory services. As part of their services CFS undertake the Technical Directorate and Secretariat for the Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA), the national representative body of private woodland owners in Ireland.

For more information on CFS, see


UKFCG is an independent certified forestry group scheme, offering certification to forest owners throughout the UK. UKFCG is run by Directors Paul Sandys and Phil Webb who are well known in the forest industry. UKFCG (UK Forest Certification Ltd), was launched in early 2012.

For more information on UKFCG, see

The Forestry Company

The Forestry Company is one of the largest timberland management companies in Ireland. The Forestry Company manages forestry for both private and institutional clients, both farmers and non-farmers and can advise on an array of activities, from planting a new forest, managing an existing plantation, harvesting or investing in land with a view to planting forestry.

For more information on The Forestry Company, see

Auditors for the pilot project were:

Soil Association Certification

Soil Association Certification are a certification body and certify and inspect forests and forest products to a number of schemes. They offer Verification of Legal Compliance and are a recognised Monitoring Organisation for the European Union Timber Regulation.

For more information on Soil Association Certification, see

Key Contributors

Key contributors to the project were the two participating KTGs, North East Forestry Group and Forest Owners Co-operative Society and Teagasc