Where We Get Our Timber

We partner a timber mill in North Sweden (Forest Stewardship CouncilĀ® certified like ourselves) to ensure we get a constant supply of high-quality certified timber.


We use Pinus Silvestris or Scots Pine, slow grown for more than 130 years at latitude above 65 degrees north. This gives it a close grain which features less knots, both of these things signify that the timber is of superior quality. 

The timber mill cuts down the right sized tree, replanting each one to maintain a sustainable supply. After the tree has been cut, VMF (The Timber Measuring Association for the Northern Area of Sweden) inspects and marks the timber with a supplier identification number. It is then and classified and sorted according to size and quality, ensuring all timber can be traced back to the forest in which it is grown.

The logs, which are only grown within 150km of the mill, are transported by lorry to the mill and de-barked; the bark is pulped and sent to a paper mill. From there, logs are sawn into workable pieces and off-cuts used to fuel the kiln, ensuring that there is no waste.

The cut pieces are kiln-dried (essentially, putting the timber in an oven) to reach the required moisture content needed to cope with the British weather conditions. This makes them compatible with our chosen paint systems. If it is too dry the timber will swell and take on moisture; too wet and the timber will rot quicker and not marry well with the paint system.

After the timber is dried, it is re-sorted and machine-checked, before being hand-checked for the correct grading of the timber. This makes certain the timber is of consistently high quality. Each piece of timber is then planed through a Molder machine for a smooth finish.

The timber is then sent directly to us, transported by rail, ferry, and finally by road to our yard. It does not spend any time deteriorating in storage units or waiting for transportation by other companies, which again ensures the utmost quality.

Environmental Considerations

Crane Garden Buildings operate a comprehensive Environmental Policy that covers all aspects of the business from operations through to materials procurement.

  • The timber mill does not produce any landfill or waste.
  • Any off-cuts before the timber is kilned is either pulped and used in making paper or used to heat the kilning process.
  • Any off-cuts after the timber is kilned goes either as shavings used for animal bedding or into pellets used to fuel boilers.
  • All forest is replanted and harvested in a sustainable way.
  • The timber mill only deals with timber farmed within a 150km radius of their mill.

At Crane Garden Buildings, you get quality not only in the raw materials but throughout the design and building process. Our customisable Garden Buildings are hand-built by our expert team, who will then deliver and install it free of charge. Please do contact us, if you have any questions.