In Britain, the timber processing industry is a huge and diverse sector that contains anyone from a tree surgeon or harvesting contractor to saw millers, furniture manufacturers and woodworkers. Anyone who harvests, fells, saws or manufactures products using timber forms part of the processing industry that helps turn more than 10m tonnes of wood each year into the products and materials we buy and sell.
Processors are a vital part of the timber supply chain and have a huge impact on the Grown in Britain mission and message. While the customer demands timber, and the woodland owner grows timber, the processor connects both and can be an active part of the process that transforms a tree into something someone, somewhere can use.
Meeting customer demand
By becoming a Grown in Britain Licence holder you can show your support for home grown British timber and all it represents. It will also help you demonstrate to your customers that you’re part of this unique movement and have the assured licence in place to prove it.
Grown in Britain is also leading the drive for more innovation in the use of British timber particularly in construction and is supporting the development of processing in this country that can replace imported products. Current projects are looking at cross laminated timber and the thermal modification of hardwood.
Who else is involved?
We continue to work with people, companies and organisations from across the sector, right from woodland owners to retailers, and our processors are some of our most influential stakeholders.
Iain McIlwee, Chief Executive, British Woodworking Federation
“We are fully behind The Grown in Britain project; it could be a game-changer for British timber. People rightly love our woodlands, but they don’t always connect good woodland management to the wooden products that they encounter every day – the floors they walk on and the furniture the sit on. Grown in Britain can help people make that connection and in encouraging this appreciation for wood culture, it helps British Woodworking Federation members better tell the story of the products they produce and sell.”
What’s in it for me?
You can be a part of something special!
Timber is a versatile, sustainable and unique material that’s increasingly in demand from the construction sector, retailers and the public. And as their demand grows, so do the questions about where it comes from and what the impact is. As a processor, manufacturer, woodworker or haulier, you can do your bit by supporting Grown in Britain or by becoming a Grown in Britain licence holder. This gives your customers the confidence in the source of your wood and timber products – from British forests and woods.
It’s also an opportunity to show your support for Britain’s woodlands and the important social, environmental and economic role they play. The public often understands how important our woodlands are environmentally and socially, but there’s much work to be done to show that these benefits are maximised when woodlands are actively managed and are economically viable.
With your support, we can continue to highlight the depth of versatility the sector has to offer and complete the cycle between our woodlands and our shop shelves.