A West Sussex council is the first UK local authority to use Forest Stewardship Council certified tropical hardwood plywood in its construction.

More than 7,500 strips of FSC approved Brazilian tropical hardwood plywood have been shipped to Horsham for use in a multi-million pound leisure scheme. It is being used to create a vast pavilion style ceiling above a new swimming pool due for completion this summer.

The plywood came from Brazilian forests managed by Gethal Amazonas SA and the contract, valued at between £35,000-40,000, was arranged by Gethal’s agent Wood International Agency, with Montague L Meyer importing the material.

Anna Jenkins, director of the FSC UK Working Group, said: ‘We are delighted that Wood International has been so successful in its work with Horsham district council to source FSC certified plywood from Gethal.

‘We hope that it continues to work to make the specification and use of FSC plywood a practical and viable option for all construction projects in both the public and private sectors.’