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Welcome to UKFCG

UKFCG is an independent FSC® & PEFC certified forestry group scheme, offering UKWAS certification to forest owners throughout the UK. UKFCG is a family business with family values run by Director, Phil Webb, and Lead Auditor, Simon Webb. Additional support services are provided by other professional forester family members and former Director, Paul Sandys. UKFCG (UK Forest Certification Ltd), was launched in early 2012. The UKFCG team are well known to many in the forest industry.

The UKFCG team, with a collective total of around 100 years involvement in the UK forestry industry, is well placed to provide support, training and guidance to forest managers and owners to fulfil certification requirements.

Since the launch of UKFCG in 2012 with a membership of 16 forest owners, the group has grown to over 170 group members. Total forest hectarage certified through UKFCG now exceeds 80,000ha. Total annual timber sales by group members are approaching three quarters of a million tonnes.

Our practical and professional forestry experience and understanding of forestry standards, codes of practice and guidelines in the UK, enable UKFCG to provide helpful advice and support to group members, and 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 the forest manager role.

Meet Our Team

Philip Webb
Philip Webb Director
Phil’s background in Forestry began in the early 1970’s, through conservation management and employment as a National Training Officer and Health and Safety Officer.

In 1986 Phil launched his own forest management company with client contracts in South Wales, The Marches and Scottish Highlands. He 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 and including a Forest Service contract to establish Group Schemes in Ireland.

Phil, a qualified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, entered partnership with Paul Sandys in 2012 to launch UKFCG. Phil continues to maintain up to date forest management expertise through membership of forest industry organisations, and as one of the Confor representatives on the UKWAS Steering Group.

Simon Webb
Simon WebbLead Auditor
Simon started his forestry career in his teens helping his father with tree planting and supervision of harvesting contracts. He subsequently set up his own business, forestry contracting in the Scottish Highlands. Following a move to Herefordshire his business now includes client contracts in The Marches of England and Wales.

Simon is attending an FSC auditor training course and plans to enrol on a distance learning forestry degree course.