Celebrating UK Timber – it’s Grown in Britain Week 2019

Every October, we celebrate our British trees and forests with Grown in Britain week.

This year’s GiB Week runs from Monday 7th – Friday 11th October, and will incorporate various events, showcasing the importance of UK timber. Here, our CEO Dougal Driver explains its significance:

Over recent years, we have become more aware than ever, of our need to encourage a change in attitude with regards to managing the planet’s resources.

During Grown in Britain Week, we bring together individuals, organisations and social enterprises, to join us in a range of events, meetings and conferences, knowing we all have one thing in common – a passion for British woods and forests, and all of their amazing benefits. There will be activity nationwide and we’d like to encourage everyone who is getting involved, to inundate us with their photos and stories of how they are celebrating this very important week.

In addition to the more light-hearted events taking place, we have been heavily involved as co-organisers of the Annual Forestry Conference which takes place on Wednesday 9th at Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire. I am very much looking forward to chairing a Q&A session at the conference, which this year will focus on how UK woodlands have the potential to ‘Supply more than timber’, by offering major benefits to water quality, carbon reduction, wildlife habitats, biodiversity, flood management and our general health and well being.

Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th, also sees UK Construction Week being held at the NEC in Birmingham. The spotlight will be on Timber in Construction and Grown in Britain ambassador, Charles Law, will be hosting a presentation on Responsible Timber Sourcing Certification.

Also on Tuesday 8th, I shall be meeting with the Parliamentary Under Secretary (Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity), Lord John Gardiner, to discuss the vital and increasing role that Grown in Britain will be playing, in supporting the UK through the challenges presented by Brexit.

The week closes with Open Forest Friday, where landowners open their forests and woodlands to the public. We share knowledge, ideas and thoughts about how our trees can reach their full potential, and educate ourselves, and each other, about what it means to manage our woodlands.

Our social media streams will be a hive of activity, so be sure to follow the events as they unfold next week; you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – please feel free to share your thoughts, stories and images of how you have honoured our wonderful trees, using #GiBWeek2019.