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For woodland owners

Woodland owners play an important role in helping to grow and expand woodland in Britain. Today, woodland covers only 13% of Britain and of this only 54% is actively managed, yet the forestry sector and the products we make from it contributes over £4.1bn to the GDP.

There are too many undermanaged woodlands in this country and so Grown in Britain is working with the Forestry Commission, the private sector and numerous NGOs to address this issue.

We believe over reliance on public sector intervention is not sustainable and increasing market demand for British wood products, innovation in wood based products, and collaborative support for woodland owners are key factors in getting more woods managed.

Creating supply – stimulating demand

We’re working to create more woods and forests in Britain so that we can supply more home grown material and reach a more sustainable level of woodland cover in the country. The latest Forestry Commission wood supply forecast shows a disturbing ‘trough’ in production of timber from our existing woods and forests in about 30 years time for softwood and 40 years time for hardwood. We need to plant more now to prevent a dramatic and negative impact on jobs, carbon and the landscape.

Woodland owners are at the heart of a new wood culture in Britain, and we’re working with those individuals and companies wanting to turn woodland into an asset that’s not just good for the environment, wildlife and people, but for the bottom line too.

What’s in it for me?

Timber is an important natural resource. It’s sustainable, it’s versatile, it’s attractive, and we can grow it here, in Britain. In doing so, we can reduce our reliance on imported wood and encourage greater investment in our own woodlands. That’s good for wildlife, for carbon storage, for recreation and for the economy.

In recent years, the public has become increasing aware of material heritage and supply and for many people, where it comes from is a buying factor. The public is already overwhelmingly supportive of the protection of British woodlands and forests, and Grown in Britain is working to build on this so people understand where and how they can source and buy timber.

By applying for a Grown in Britain licence for your woodland, you’re able to demonstrate commitment to the scheme and provide buyers – and the wider supply chain – with robustly assured and branded British timber. That means buyers have confidence that the wood is home grown and compliant with the UK forestry standard and the Government’s public procurement policy and it helps the supply chain meet growing demand for British timber products. It also gives you confidence in the investment needed to bring under-used and under-managed woodland and forests back into use – and turn it into a real, financially sustainable asset that also provides important ecosystem and recreational services.

All you need to do is get licensed and get involved.

Advice and support

There are lots of ways to get advice on support on creating or managing woodland in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In England and Northern Ireland, you can visit the Forestry Commission’s website for more information at www.forestry.gov.uk

In Scotland, the Forestry Commission Scotland can help at www.scotland.forestry.gov.uk

In Wales, Natural Resources Wales provides support and advice on woodland creation and management at www.naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Woodland and landowners can also find more information via Confor at www.confor.org.uk, and if you’re starting out in the industry, you can visit So You Want To Own A Woodland to see what the opportunities are.

Who else is involved?

Grown in Britain is as much a movement as it is an initiative, and we’re working to connect the public to wood as a material. At the heart of the movement are the woodland owners and landowners working to grow, manage and harvest the wood that ends up in the products we all buy. Here are some of their stories:

Stuart Goodall, Confor
“Grown in Britain is an exciting opportunity to bring together everyone with an interest in managing woodlands to the benefit of all. It doesn’t matter if you’re extending your house or making furniture, a cyclist, walker or lover of all things wood, you’re a stakeholder in wood culture and woodland management, and play a role in the timber supply chain. With markets for wood strengthening all the time, Confor supports Grown in Britain wholeheartedly and together we believe we can unlock new sources of funding to plant trees and manage woodland while helping the public understand working woodlands.”

Nick Webb, Marston Vale Trust
“The Forest of Martin Vale project is about using trees and woodland to repair a damaged landscape, addressing the effects of the brick industry that flourished between Bedford and Milton Keynes. Our aim is to achieve 30% tree cover by 2031 through environmental regeneration of the type that provides social, economic and environment benefits for the community. “Woods can – and should – be vibrant places of work, rest and wildlife, and they don’t need to be incompatible. Today, woodlands like our own provide space for recreation, wildlife and for harvesting, and Grown in Britain helps connect these elements together in a way that’s engaging and positive for the industry and for the public – who love their woodlands, but don’t necessarily understand they need to be managed.”