In March 2011 Government invited an independent panel, chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool, to advise on the future direction of forestry and woodland policy in England. The panel reported to Government in July 2012 with a final report, and it’s in Recommendation 18 where the origins of Grown in Britain can be found.
Recommendation 18 urged the Government, woodland owners and businesses to work together to unlock the benefits of British timber in their supply chains. In doing this, the Panel saw an opportunity to improve supply and demand for British timber through the development of an industry-led, Government-backed ‘Wood Industry Action Plan’ that could drive lasting change in the sector.
Grown in Britain is now an independent ‘not for profit’ organisation that supports our woods and forests and assures the products they produce through a unique and highly regarded licensing scheme.
Today Grown in Britain assures the homegrown supply chain with a robust scheme that provides a trade mark that is increasingly seen as the brand of choice for buyers and suppliers and the public.
Grown in Britain is structured as an executive team under the management of our Chief Executive Dougal Driver, and the leadership of Chairman Steve Cook (Willmott Dixon). The guiding executive and board of Grown in Britain (a not for profit Limited Company) contains a range of industry leaders. It’s through their expertise and guidance we’re able to extend and expand the work of Grown in Britain and sustaining it for the future. Grown in Britain is independent of government and trade bodies.
As Grown in Britain has matured, it has also become a force for good in the woodland social enterprise sector supporting communities across the UK and we have a rapidly developing research and development programme that is adding value to our wood products. We are involved in field trials of British Fencing and have been instrumental in taking Thermally Modified Hardwood to market for the first time in the UK.