With help from the UK Contractors Group and many others, the Grown in Britain team have developed a timber and timber products procurement statement for use by construction clients, contractors and retailers who wish to procure more British timber.
The following wording is already used by many companies and we urge you to show your support for British woods, forests and timber products by using similar wording for your own procurement statements
All timber and timber products must be sourced from legal and sustainable sources which are compliant with the UK Government Timber Procurement Policy. We will give preference to schemes that support the principles of the Social Value Act, e.g. the use of timber and timber products which are assured as ‘Grown in Britain’.
It is important to note that there are two types of acceptable evidence to prove the legality and sustainability of timber and timber products:
1. Category A evidence can be provided through a scheme recognised by the Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET), both PEFC and FSC are acceptable with a full chain of custody.
2. Category B evidence is alternative documentary evidence which provides assurance that the source is legal and sustainable. This includes timber traceable to a forest with a fully implemented forest management plan in line with the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) which is the standard that underpins a Grown In Britain licence.
Procuring timber which is Grown in Britain will help get more of our woodlands into management, reduce the risk of pests and diseases, create more jobs and enhance the woods and forests for the enjoyment of people and the environment.
For more information please see https://www.gov.uk/timber-procurement-policy-tpp-prove-legality-and-sustainablity