Celebrating Great British Wood will be the theme for this year’s Grown in Britain Week, which takes place from 9-15 October. The campaign has made available a ‘supporters pack’ on its website which comprises ideas and information, and a selection of downloadable designs for a leaflet or poster, and for two shapes of sticker, which can be printed and used locally by supporters across the forestry sector.
Grown in Britain recently marked its fourth anniversary. From its roots in the forestry and timber milling sectors, the campaign is now linking up with trade federations and their members across those business sectors which buy, trade in, and use British-grown wood. “Linking up supply chains is a central tenet of what a campaign like Grown in Britain is here for,” says CEO Dougal Driver. “It gives commercial impetus to bringing more woodland back into management if we can help to promote steady growth in the purchase and use of British timber.” Grown in Britain is bringing builders’ merchants and joinery companies into closer partnership through working with the Builders Merchants Federation and the British Woodworking Federation.
With over 200 supporters in 15 different business sectors, the campaign has a broad base from which to extend the licensing schemes it has been developing in the last few years, bringing assurance of British-grown origins to traders, buyers and users of timber and wood products. “Grown in Britain licensing has become recognised as an assurance mechanism by many major construction contractors. Now we must connect up the centre of the supply chain to truly ensure a sustainable future for our forests,” Dougal Driver concludes.