17 October 2013
A major plan to unlock a sustainable economic future for the UK’s forests and woodlands has received a significant boost after 30 British retailers and construction firms have pledged to procure UK timber wherever possible.
The companies, which have a combined purchasing power of £50 billion and include construction group Balfour Beatty, furniture retailer Heal’s and timber merchant Travis Perkins, have given long-term commitments to preferentially procure products from the UK woodlands and forests. Their pledge is part of 'Grown in Britain’, an action plan launched in February by Government and the forest industries to revitalise the UK timber supply chain and unlock the social and environmental benefits of Britain’s forests and woodlands.
The commitment is one of a number of achievements unveiled in the first Grown in Britain progress report, published this week, including a new framework to release vital private sector funding for woodland projects through corporate carbon sequestration. The Grown in Britain campaign aims to reverse a current trend that means 80 per cent of wood in the UK is imported despite the fact the private sector in the UK only harvests about 40 per cent of available wood.
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