In March 2011 Government invited an independent panel, chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool, to advise on the future direction of forestry and woodland policy in England. The panel reported to Government in July 2012 with a final report, and it’s in Recommendation 18 where the origins of Grown in Britain can be found.
Recommendation 18 urged the Government, woodland owners and businesses to work together to unlock the benefits of British timber in their supply chains. In doing this, the Panel saw an opportunity to improve supply and demand for British timber through the development of an industry-led, Government-backed ‘Wood Industry Action Plan’ that could drive lasting change in the sector.
Seizing on this idea, Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, Chief Executive of the Building Research Establishment (BRE), and Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor, refined the plan and created ‘Grown in Britain’ as a vehicle for increasing British timber production and supply. This model was presented to the Government in 2012, and Grown in Britain was referenced as a delivery agent for several aspects of the ‘Government Forestry and Woodlands Policy Statement’, published on 31 January 2013.
Today, Grown in Britain is structured as an executive team under the management of our Chief Executive Dougal Driver, and the leadership of co-chairs Steve Cook (Willmott Dixon – leading on demand) and Stuart Goodall (Confor – leading on supply ). The guiding executive and board of Grown in Britain (a not for profit Limited Company) contains a range of industry leaders. It’s through their expertise and guidance we’re able to extend and expand the work of Grown in Britain and sustaining it for the future.