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Grown in Britain boosts softwood demand

Grown in Britain is now in the systems behind construction

The emotional demand for homegrown wood has taken off as Grown in Britain connects to society through TV programmes, lifestyle magazines and its expanding social media platform. However, getting into the hearts and minds of the public and private construction sectors needs changes to procurement policies, pre qualification questionnaires and the guidelines for best practice. 

and on all three counts it’s TICK  TICK  TICK  for  Grown in Britain.

On public procurement The Defra Secretary of State has responded brilliantly to a call from Grown in Britain to look at how her Department can source more home grown timber in their projects.

The Construction sector is deepening the preference for Grown in Britain in their procurement policy statements – see the evidence for yourself, ask for the latest copy of our rapidly expanding list of preference statements for GiB licensed material enquiries@growninbritain.org

Pre Qualification questionnaires such as ConstructionLine and Best Practice Hubs such as those curated by the Considerate Constructors Scheme are asking for contractors to show how they are supporting Grown in Britain as part of their assessments.

Edward Hardy CEO of the CCS said “We are so proud to support Grown in Britain and urge members to source licensed products so that we can support local businesses, drive greater social value from the supply chain and breathe new life into our wonderful UK woods and forests”

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Liz Truss, Secretary of State for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and a delegation of senior officials from the construction sector visited MACE site to help launch Grown in Britain Week 2015 and to see first-hand how British timber is becoming an integral part of British buildings, and is putting the economic engine back into UK forestry.

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She said “Grown in Britain is a fantastic initiative which means we can be confident of the local provenance of the wood we buy and know that it is legal and sustainable.”

She went on to praise suppliers such as BSW who are putting millions of tonnes of Grown in Britain softwood into the supply chain and urged others to follow suit so that the Grown in Britain mark becomes as ubiquitous as the Red Tractor mark on UK food

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