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Awards Made From FSC Sourced Wood Ensures Sustainability

A newspaper article reported that two rare Wentworth Elms were discovered at Holyrood Palace, near Edinburgh. Thought to be extinct, the trees turned up on a regular tree survey. It is estimated that 60 million or more elm trees have been wiped out in Britain alone by Dutch Elm Disease. So, it is good to hear some positive news about our UK tree stock for once.

The story is reminiscent of why we always take care to use FSC sourced wood for our trophies and boxes here at EFX.

The Forestry Stewardship Council certification scheme ensures that the wood we purchase is sourced from forests that are well-managed. A system of audits and inspections oblige owners of FSC certified forests to provide environmental, social and economic benefits. Sustainability is at the heart of FSC’s work. We also use some English oak for wood awards, which is likewise farmed on a similar basis.

FSC wood awards are full of character

EFX tend to work with iroko, sapele, oak and ash wood, which is sourced from around the world. Each has its own characteristics, which provide additional personality and individuality to an award. Poplar used to be a more readily available wood for our type of work. The poplar was shipped in from Canada, complete with embedded shot gun pellets which would explode when you cut the wood!  However, it is not commonly used today as poplar forests were identified as the natural habitat of grey owls.

Recycling wood is also advantageous to the environment. EFX have the materials and processes to create beautiful bespoke awards that are sustainably sourced and eco friendly. See our range of sustainable, recycled & eco friendly awards. One of our favourite special trophy commissions featured antique shoe lasts, which were just lying on a shelf before our studio designed these fabulous trophies.


This classic ‘P’ design is carved out of sapele; its natural simplicity is probably what makes it so appealing.



Reducing our environmental impact is a really important part of how we work – starting from the materials we choose – through to how we power our machines – we always consider our effect on our environment. That’s why at EFX, we’re passionate about creating bespoke, sustainable awards to minimise our impact on the environment.

Our wooden awards are made from sustainable timber from certified sources, and for our design team, working with natural materials like wood is always a pure delight. So if you have your own ideas for a personalised or bespoke award made with wood, or perhaps a memorial piece, and would like to discuss them in more detail do please get in touch.Save




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