SCA shows the way: Buildbase and Selco graduates at Bogrundet.

Timber's magnificent seven go to Sweden

Published:  13 May, 2009

LONDON: If it's March, it must be Sweden. The latest group of 16 Buildbase and Selco graduates from the SCA Institute of Wood Science course visited SCA's forests tree nursery and sawmills in the Nordic country. The trip celebrated the seven years that SCA Timber Supply and Buildbase began working together to create Timber Champions within Buildbase.

During the trip, Mike Small of the Buildbase branch in Barnsley, was presented with the SCA Cup for 2009 for achieving top marks within the group. 

Martin Lee, commercial director at Buildbase, comments: "It has been a magnificent seven years of continuing skills improvement for our staff. The partnership with SCA has proved profitable for Buildbase, giving our employees the confidence to make use of the knowledge they've gained in their daily business lives.

"Buildbase was the first national merchant to stock FSC-certified timber in all branches and many of our businesses are known as timber specialists," Mr Lee explains. "The Timber Champions course reinforces our strength in timber and timber products."

Ian Wharton of Holbrook Timber Frame, winner of the TTJ Career Development Award 2008 sponsored by SCA, also joined the trip as part of his prize.

The visitors are shown at Bogrundet, one of SCA's three tree nurseries, which grow around 85 million new trees a year.  These operations, plus the net growth in the company's forests, which are slightly larger than Wales, combine to make SCA's forest products more than double carbon-neutral. SCA is also celebrating 10 years of FSC certification for its forests this year.


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