December 5, 2022

campaign urges UK consumers to buy locally grown wood products | Trees and forests

A new campaign aims to encourage consumers to buy wood products – from furniture to fuel – which have been grown and processed in the UK.

Grown in Britain, launched on Tuesday, will label products from British forests and encourage the growth of indigenous industries such as sawmills, forestry and wood processing.

The UK forest industry has undergone a series of upheavals in recent years, with the government’s planned sale of state-owned timber being halted at the last minute. The first recorded cases of the ash dieback disease have also raised concerns for the health of UK forests.

But the national resource of forests has not been fully exploited, according to Peter Bonfield, chief executive of the BRE Group, which is the spearhead of the Grown in Britain campaign. Growing wood in Britain and processing it here can generate economic and environmental benefits, generating new jobs and absorbing carbon dioxide from the air as trees grow.

“It’s about bringing people together and getting them involved,” Bonfield said. The label will bring together the entire supply chain, from arborists and handcrafted furniture workshops to retailers. “We want to send the message that everyone who deals with wood can benefit from it.”

Sir Harry Studholme, chairman of the Forestry Commission, said timber grown in the UK now accounts for over 40% of the timber used in the UK. This is a huge difference from a few decades ago, when wood was the country’s third largest import and at least 90% of the wood used here was grown overseas.

“It’s already a great achievement, and we are making progress in finding new markets,” he told The Guardian. “Wood is a very important natural resource.

The Grown in Britain campaign – which has the backing of Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – will include woodworkers of all kinds, such as foresters, sawmills and wood processing plants, as well as carpenters, carpenters and furniture makers.

Paterson said the aim of the initiative was to create a new “wood culture” that would bring together all different forms of woodworkers across the country. He said, “Community and conservation groups are working to increase the value we all place on our forests and forests. This helps to make the creation and management of forests a more attractive local investment for companies wishing to put something back into the environment on which their businesses depend.

He said England’s forests were “overcrowded” and needed more outlets for timber products. He said the Grown in Britain campaign should be “a demonstration of the first steps towards a resilient forestry sector”.

Many investors are attracted to purchasing forested land because the land receives favorable tax treatment for such land, making it cheaper to buy and sell than residential properties and other land.