Unlocking the potential in the UK’s un-managed woodlands…
A Grown in Britain consortium, led by English Woodlands Timber, has been awarded funding by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, to explore how hardwood supply chains in the UK could be improved.
As part of the research for this project, Grown in Britain would like your help to identify the hardwood timber application and species specified/purchased/supplied for UK construction projects over the last 12 months by completing an online survey.
Dougal Driver, Grown in Britain Chief Executive comments: “There are more than 30 million tonnes of timber in unmanaged woodlands throughout the UK, which the project will begin the process of unlocking.”
“With the UK relying on high levels of imported timber this Grown in Britain project is vital to breaking down barriers within the supply chain for home-grown hardwood, making it much more accessible and readily available.”
Specifically aimed at construction supply chains, project partners include the BRE, the Forestry Commission, forest and wood charity the Sylva Foundation, building contractor Willmott Dixon, and representatives of the timber and merchant sectors. Consultants Sustainable Construction Solutions and Resource Efficiency Services (RES) are special advisors on the project.
The key aim of the project is to improve the flow of hardwood timber from UK woodlands, so that the experience of the end customer is improved. The project will have five main work streams: market research, timber stock funding options, a timber supply hub, material efficiencies and industry engagement.
Our innovative Stock Search tool will form the foundation of research into the development of a timber supply hub. The Search Tool has gained in popularity and we now get over 2000 visits per month. This has resulted in us selling timber as far afield as Bangkok!