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PEFC Company Spotlight - Forest Holidays

Published on 12 July 2019

New PEFC Certificate holder, Forest Holidays, offer holiday accommodation which is situated on 10 sites in beautiful corners of the UK’s forests. These forests are managed by Forestry England, Forestry and Land Scotland and Natural Resources Wales (regional successors to the Forestry Commission). They are certified to the UK Woodland Assurance Standard, which is recognised by both PEFC and FSC.Forest Hols Pic

In the 1970s, the Forestry Commission opened their first cabins to holidaying families and this marked the establishment of Forest Holidays. A pioneering design is used to produce modular timber cabins which are then carefully assembled between the trees and raised on steel piles, placed vertically into the ground. This design ensures that the forest floor is protected and that nearby trees are unaffected and soil movement is minimised. It also enables rainwater to run off naturally into the forest floor.

In the 45 years since Forest Holidays’ first cabins were created, the company has constantly sought innovative ways to further improve their design features and how they are integrated to work with the surrounding natural environment. Its most recent development in Beddgelert, North Wales, has been built to BREEAM Excellent standards. The new generation of cabins are constructed from PEFC certified timber, have appropriate insulation and glazing, and incorporate a variety of eco-friendly features such as a rainwater harvesting, and low energy appliances and light bulbs.