Welcome to UKFCG

UKFCG is an independent FSC® & PEFC certified forestry group scheme, offering UKWAS certification to any forest owner throughout the UK. UKFCG is run by Directors Paul Sandys and Phil Webb who are known to many in the forest industry. UKFCG (UK Forest Certification Ltd), was launched in early 2012.

With over 70 years background in forestry between them, Paul and Phil are well placed to provide support training and guidance to meet certification requirements.

Since the launch of UKFCG in 2012 with a membership of 16 forest owners, the group has expanded to over 130 group members. Total group hectares now exceeds 60,000ha. Total annual timber sales are in the region of 500,000 tonnes.

Through our practical and professional forestry experience a thorough understanding of forestry standards is held throughout the UK, enabling UKFCG to provide helpful advice and support to group members, to help make certification work for you.

Unlike groups that are provided by forest management companies as a service to their clients, UKFCG’s focus is to provide a cost effective route to certification without seeking a role as a forestry manager.

Meet Our Team

Paul Sandys
Paul SandysDirector
Paul studied land management at Seale Hayne College and forestry at Aberdeen University. He is qualified as an ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, with more than 30 years experience of forestry and timber products supply chains. He has gained international experience in forest management, timber marketing, auditing and assessment of business management and sustainable biomass supply chains in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.

Paul previously managed his own timber harvesting business. Apart from co-managing UKFCG, he runs his owns company focusing on ccompliance auditing & assurance of origin, and training and consultancy services to companies involved in timber, wood fiber & sustainable biomass supply chains – FSC, PEFC, EUTR, ISCC

Philip Webb
Philip Webb Director
Phil’s background in Forestry started in the early 1970’s and lead to establishing his own forest management company in 1986. Phil represented APF then FTA on the UKWAS Steering Group and participated in the SLIMF trials on his Herefordshire woodland which achieved FSC Certification. Forest management FSC auditing contracts commenced in 2007 with auditing experience in UK and Europe.

Qualified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, Phil entered partnership with Paul Sandys in 2012 to launch UKFCG and continues to maintain up to date forest management expertise through private sector contracts in The Scottish Highlands, Wales and The Marches.