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The entire Public Forest Estate in England is now qualified to use the Grown in Britain Certification mark on any timber produced across its 1,800 sites. The certification mark has been granted after a rigorous audit assessment, which recognised the Forestry Commission’s successful woodland management programme and its production of home-grown timber.
With 250,000 hectares of woodland across England now holding this prestigious licence, the entire forestry supply chain – from seed to store – as well as the public can rest assured that any timber or wood product sourced from these sites and marked with the Grown in Britain logo has been managed in accordance with the Government’s responsible Timber Procurement Policies.
Simon Hodgson, Chief Executive, Forest Enterprise England, said:
“We’re delighted that the entire Public Forest Estate has passed the Grown in Britain audit assessment. The Grown in Britain badge is an important symbol, which enables businesses and the public to easily identify woodland that has been well managed. This is critical in improving bio-diversity, tackling climate change and increasing public access to spaces for recreation and relaxation.
“It also plays a fundamental part in supporting our national and local economies too; the British forestry sector contributes more than £4.1bn to UK GDP each year and employs more than 64,000 people, while recreational visits to woodlands – such as running, cycling, climbing and playing – accounts for more than £484m each year.”
Grown in Britain is a national campaign to increase demand for responsibly managed British wood in order to improve the quality and extent of our woodland in the UK.
Grown in Britain’s Chief Executive, Dougal Driver, added:
“The licence is a vital part of creating demand – consumers want to know where their products are coming from and now they have the opportunity to know through clear marking on timber and wood products.
“By choosing Grown in Britain products, either as a business or as a member of the general public; your choice will have a direct impact on the creation, management and protection of woodland, which is great for our woodlands and also for the UK’s timber industry.”
As part of a weekend of double celebrations – International Day of Forests on Saturday 21 March and Forest Discovery Day on Sunday 22 March – the Forestry Commission is encouraging local people to visit their local forest to learn more about the woodland in their area and enjoy a day out in the fresh air with family or friends.
Find out more at www.forestry.gov.uk.
Notes to editors
Becci Cox, Forestry Commission, tel 0300 067 4030.
The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for forestry in Great Britain. It supports woodland owners with grants; tree felling licences, regulation and advice; promotes the benefits of forests and forestry; and advises Government on forestry policy. It manages more than a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of national forest land for public benefits such as sustainable timber production, public recreation, nature conservation, and rural and community development. For more information, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/
Grown in Britain
Grown in Britain brings together everyone who values our forests, woods and trees and the products we can make from the wood they produce.
Our aims are:
• Generating more demand for the wide array of quality products generated from productive woodlands, and in so doing strengthening considerably the economic engine that underpins the sector.
• Establishing a mechanism to allow businesses more readily to fund, invest in and support woodland projects in the UK, thereby demonstrating to customers and shareholders the carbon, societal, and other ecosystem service benefits achieved. There is great willingness on the part of companies to do this and the framework will significantly increase the amount of funding available to support UK woodland projects.
• Creating a stronger wood culture in our society: making it the norm that we use, buy and enjoy wood products, managing woods to achieve this; more people active in our woodlands with improved mental and physical wellbeing, and a sense of community inspired by woodlands.
• More information is available at www.growninbritain.org