Rural Affairs & Biosecurity Under-Secretary of State welcomes Grown in Britain Week

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, Lord Gardiner of Kimble, welcomed CEO Dougal Driver to Westminster ‘s Victoria Tower Gardens this morning, to celebrate the start of Grown in Britain Week.

Lord Gardiner said: “Our magnificent trees and woodlands are a much loved part of our country. They provide us all with endless opportunities for exploration and exercise and also make a strong contribution to our economy. They enhance enormously the beauty of the nation. “Biosecurity is key. By helping to provide valuable certainty on the sourcing of new trees, Grown in Britain plays a valuable role in protecting our trees and boosting our timber industry. I am delighted to support their work.” Lord Gardiner added.

Grown in Britain CEO Dougal Driver added: “The public will be familiar with recent tree health stories in the news. Making better use of British-grown wood and wood products is one way to reduce the opportunities for plant health problems from elsewhere to make an unwanted mark here in the UK.”

Grown in Britain exists to connect people and markets to Britain’s forests and woodlands, giving them a sustainable future. Events happening in Grown in Britain Week include the campaign’s joint conference with the Country Land & Business Association and the Forestry Commission, on creating value through managing woodland resources. Further events and promotions are listed on the campaign’s website at:, and on Twitter: @GrowninBritain.