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Grown in Britain week 2015


Monday 12th October

Grown in Britain Week is launched by the Secretary of State for Defra the Hon Liz Truss as she visits One Bedford Avenue one of London’s most sustainable mixed use developments. The visit will be hosted by Grown in Britain supporter and major construction company MACE and will confirm the value of the UK’s softwood timber sector in relation to the economy, jobs and growth.


Following the construction site visit the Secretary of State and  invited guests will meet at the Heal’s Furniture store in Tottenham Court Road who are hosting our launch event for Grown in Britain Week 2015. The event will focus on the fantastic  Grown in Britain Tree to Table display in the presence of guests from across the Grown in Britain movement. 

The display features ash logs, converted boards and beams and the whole conversion story including material from Grown in Britain licence holder, Balcombe Estate in Sussex.


The aim of the display is bring the importance of managed woodlands and forests to the attention of the Great British public by showing the process a tree goes through before it becomes a beautiful piece of furniture. 

Tuesday 13th October


Hooke Park is the forest campus of the Architectural Association School of Architecture.  The School, based in London with about 700 students, acquired the 140ha mixed forest from furniture maker John Makepiece and have continued on the work of building experimental buildings using the forest’s timber.  The campus currently comprises 9 buildings testing home-grown timber in different structural solutions along with advanced digital fabrication workshops that add significant value to the estate’s timber.  More details can be found at: 

 The GiB day will start with a walk into the forest estate to see and discuss diversification of planting and opportunities for new species with a view towards forest resilience and ensuring continued supply of home-grown timber to construction markets.  After lunch we will tour the campus to see advanced uses of roundwood, opportunities for large-span structures using home grown timber and the opportunities digital design & fabrication opens up for use of locally grown timber in construction projects.

To book a place please e-mail

Wednesday 14th October

Education Day – University Institute of Forest Research master-class at University of Birmingham

Climate change is elevating Atmospheric CO2, the gas that plants use to make sugars in photosynthesis. Since plants are potentially getting more resources this may seem a good thing, but we do not understand how UK forests will respond. The FACE (Free Air Carbon Enrichment) experiment that the University Institute of Forest Research (BiFoR) has set up will find the answers.

A lecture will introduce the compact relationship between CO2 levels, water use and xylem transport and how the FACE is addressing these issues, including live online access to field data. In a hands-on lab session we will then explore stomatal function, xylem transport, transpiration and tree rings.

To book a place please contact them directly via the website:

Also ……Grown in Britain is on the cusp of agreeing the launch of a film about the use of Grown in Britain material in an educational build project ….watch this space

Events (cont)

Thursday 15th October

 The 2015 National Wood Fuel Conference 

Venue – Epsom Racecourse

Building on the huge success of last year’s SOLD OUT event, this year’s National Wood Fuel Conference, which will be in its 6th year, will take place on Thursday 15th October 2015.

Organised by Surrey Hills Enterprises and sponsored by The Forestry Commission, LC Energy and Surrey County Council, the National Wood Fuel Conference will be held in association with Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and will coincide with Grown in Britain week.

This year the event will be held in the Duchess Stand at Epsom Downs racecourse which boasts breath-taking views over the racecourse and will provide a dramatic and unforgettable backdrop for the conference.

The National Wood Fuel Conference is a ‘must attend’ for anyone looking to generate income from wood; understand more about growth opportunities through renewable energy; or sustain a business in the wood fuel market.

“The Wood Fuel Conference has been growing rapidly over the past five years and reflects the significant interest and its importance as a flagship nationwide event for the wood and wood fuel industries. The annual event has been a tremendous success in bringing together the pre-eminent businesses across the industry in a forum of discussion, debate and networking.” Mark Lebus of LC Energy.

Online registration available at

Friday 16th October

Open Forest Friday

Grown in Britain open day aims to bring together those who support Grown in Britain and its aims.

We are encouraging forests, woods and sawmills to open their doors and celebrate Grown in Britain week.

It is up to you what event you hold on that day. We will support you with publicity on social media eg Twitter and potentially run an e news or web story.

Please let us know about your event and we can list it on our website. Send your details: who, what, when, where and a website link to

RFS and Chiltern Society

Open Forest Friday

Herts/Bucks border near Ashley Green, HP5 3PT  (meeting point to be confirmed)

Friday 16th October 10am-1pm

Join a Volunteer Workparty in some outstanding woods on the Hertfordshire/Buckinghamshire borders and get involved in ride management and woodland maintenance to help improve access and biodiversity. No skills required, just plenty of enthusiasm (minimum age 18). Tools and instruction will provided. Places limited, please contact if you are interested in taking part .

Hockeridge and Pancake Woods are owned by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and are close to the village of Ashley Green, between the towns of Tring and Chesham. Regular work parties are organised with the Chiltern Society and with the help of the Friends of Hockeridge Woods to help maintain the woods to a high standard and involve local people in its management.

Hockeridge and Pancake are:

• showcase woodlands with high standards of management
• a demonstration of how to combine commercial forestry with recreation and conservation interests
• include 50 specimen tree species, and a rich flora and fauna

Grown in Britain Accreditation has just been awarded for these woods and will be presented at this event by Grown in Britain Chief Executive Dougal Driver to RFS Chief Executive Simon Lloyd.

For more information on the woods go to .

More information can be found in the events diary at