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Sustainable hard wood garden furniture sets should be sought out

09/11/2010 People looking for pieces to add to their green space have been told that they should keep an eye out for sustainable products when they purchase hard wood garden furniture sets.

Research from the conservation charity WWF found that 50 per cent of consumers in the UK had no idea that wood for sale in this country can be from illegal sources, which is threatening the lives of some of the world's rarest animals and plants.

Furthermore, just over a quarter (28 per cent) have heard of the logo which shows that timber is from sustainable sources.

"Timber is a consumer demand-led market, just like anything else, so consumer response is utterly critical," said Julia Young, WWF UK's forest and trade network manager.

Ms Young went on to say that efforts need to be redoubled to persuade importers, sellers and buyers that sustainable products, which could include hard wood garden furniture, are worth buying.

Recently, Thomas Hoblyn, spokesman for the Society of Garden Designers, said that Britons are returning to traditional garden designs.ADNFCR-3488-ID-800225092-ADNFCR

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