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 UK forestry sector and the products we make from it contributes over £4.1bn to the GDP.
We’re working to increase the number of woodlands that are actively managed and create more woods and forests in Britain. As the UK is the world’s second largest importer of timber, we need to plant more trees so that we readdress this and can supply more home grown material.
What’s in it for me?
Grown in Britain certification shows your customers that you support the UK forest industry. With the use of the certification mark you:
- increase visibility that your timber is made from home grown UK timber
- provide assurance that your timber comes from sustainably managed woodlands
- show your customers you’re supporting British woodlands and the benefits they bring to our economy, environment and wildlife
You can apply here.
There are lots of ways to get advice on support on creating or managing woodland in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We use the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) management plans as a benchmark for the assessment for our certification. If the Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, Forestry Commission Scotland and Forest Services Northern Ireland have not approved your management plan then we have developed a new route by working with the Sylva Foundation and their MyForest tools. For more detailed information see here.
Who else is involved?
Over 10% of the woodland in the UK is certified as Grown in Britain. These woodland owners and landowners are working to grow, manage and harvest the wood that ends up in the products we all buy. Here are some of their stories:
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.”