Woodland Hero 2018: John Cosford, BAM Construct

We are pleased to announce our 2018 Grown in Britain Hero is John Cosford from BAM Construct.

John has supported Grown in Britain’s work from it’s inception in 2013. He continues to be a champion for the cause through his role as Regional Buyer for BAM Construction, urging all suppliers to get a Grown in Britain licence and support local jobs and forests.

John becomes our fourth Grown in Britain Woodland Hero, following in the footsteps of Sally Spencer, Consulting Editor of the Timber Trade Journal in 2017,  Dr Dan Ridley Ellis, Head of the Wood Science & Technology Centre at Edinburgh Napier University in 2016, and Ted Jefferis, bespoke furniture-maker in 2015.

At the award ceremony on the 15th of February, Grown in Britain Chief Executive Dougal Driver said: “John is an amazing ambassador for Grown in Britain, supporting our work to boost the use of homegrown in construction from the very start of our journey. His engagement with timber suppliers has been determined and effective and we are hugely grateful to him and BAM for their support.”

BAM has been building in the UK since 1874. Recent projects include the £33m retail and residential Parkgate development in Shirley, and seven buildings on developer Argent’s Brindleyplace scheme in Birmingham.

Accepting the award, John said: “I am extremely pleased to win this award, which recognises the importance of the work we are undertaking to educate different parts of the construction supply chain about the benefits and qualities of British timber.

“But there are a multitude of other roles timber plays in the building process, like in stud walls and floorboards, and here British timber can be equally useful. That’s when buyers should be thinking of the sustainability benefits of fewer transport miles and promoting demand for managed forests in this country.”

Kris Karslake Sustainability Manager, BAM Construct had this to say:

“It is always fantastic when colleagues win awards. It is even better the award is for being recognised as a champion for Grown in Britain, an organisation truly promoting Social Value in the UK. We hope that John continues to fly the flag for Grown in Britain timber in the industry, and embed the Grown in Britain first statement within our procurement practices here at BAM.”

See here our previous Woodland Heroes for 2017,  2016 and 2015