Timber is of course a natural product which makes it ideal for the garden. It is tough and blends in perfectly with the natural environment - much more so than plastic and metal products.
All of our European Pine timber is sourced from responsibly managed UK and European forests and is certified as such by the International standards groups - FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®) or PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification®).
Timber is a beautiful, natural product. The 25mm (1 inch) thick boards and 75mm (3 inch) posts we supply are cut to last, and treated to resist decay. You do not need to treat them further.
However, if you do use widely available, non-toxic timber treatments, your compost bin will probably last even longer.
We would also recommend you rotate the boards on a regular basis as the bottom boards will be in constant contact with a damp environment.
All of our timber is pressure treated using an environmentally safe process (certified by the Soil Assosciation as safe for use in products such as raised beds used for the production of food).
The treatment is Osmose Naturewood (AC500) which is a high pressure treatment which contains copper and an organic co-biocide. The treatment has the advantages of offering protection against the threat of wood-boring insects and fungal decay.
Naturewood products are durable and specially designed for outdoor construction, both in ground and out of ground contact.
The colour will start a slight greenish appearance which will weather to a natural honey brown colour, before finally fading to a driftwood grey after long term exposure to the sun.
How long will my Bin/Bed last?
We expect that the Bins and Beds will give you many years useful life if looked after. However, to get the best out of this, some simple maintenance is required.
Even though the timber is treated, it will be in constant contact with wet ground and content. And so the bottom boards will eventually begin to decay and rot. To extend the life of these boards, they need to be removed and rotated round to the top.
We will replace any failing boards/posts within 5 years of the purchase date. Plus we do provide spare boards which we recommend you keep safe in case they are needed later.
You can of course colour the timber at any time by painting or staining.