When Peter King took the helm of the family company in 1976, he brought with him a strong sustainability ethic.
A member of the National Forest Action Council and the Maruia Society, he was a pioneer in the promotion and use of new plantation species in the company’s joinery and timbertops – long before sustainability became a marketing buzzword.
These days, Kings offers its customers a wide range of attractive sustainably-grown timbers. When you select a timber from this range, you are not only getting a natural product of great beauty, you are also endorsing the many good things that sustainable forestry does for the planet.
Each species in our range, its country of origin and sustainability rating is described in the Species gallery.
Today, many imported timbers are sold with chain-of-custody certificates proving they come from plantations and natural forests that are managed sustainably.
The best known forest certification scheme is run by the Forest Stewardship Council ( FSC), an organisation endorsed Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, and The Woodland Trust, as well as organisations representing forest owners and timber companies.
FSC's larger rival is the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). It represents more than 240 million ha of certified forests, making it the largest forest certification system in the world, covering about two-thirds of the globally certified forest area.
Ecologists and forest owners argue over which scheme is best for the environment. But in many countries the rules for certification are identical under both schemes.
In practical terms a certificate from either FSC or PEFC is your assurance that the wood you are using is from a forest that is grown and managed in a sustainable and socially responsible way.
Locally-produced plantation timbers are normally grown in an environmentally sustainable way. Timbers selected from farm wood-lots and from mature amenity trees are a source of attractive high-value finishing timbers.
Over the millennia, many NZ forests have been buried by volcanic ash, or drowned in lakes and swamps. Under these conditions, the timber slowly acquires an attractive dark patina and is preserved in sound condition for thousands of years.
Seasoned timber recovered from demolished buildings – usually from native species like rimu, totara and matai -- is also wonderful source of wood for joinery.
Since 1993, native New Zealand timbers have been available only from forests managed in a way that maintains continuous forest cover and ecological balance in perpetuity.
Around 112,500 hectares of indigenous forests are managed under plans and permits controlled by the Ministry for Primary Industries indigenous forestry unit, producing a beautiful range of timbers for use in joinery and timbertops.
Visit our Species gallery.