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The Considerate Constructors Scheme has always championed the use of

sustainable and local supplies – which is why it is backing the Grown in Britain

initiative to promote British wood.



June 2015

Issue 37

Construction industry encouraged

to source home-grown timber

A not-for-profit, government

backed and industry-led campaign,

Grown in Britain (GiB) is bringing

together people and businesses

in a shared mission to increase

sustainably-managed woodland in

the UK to boost supplies of British


GiB is the sole provenance

standard that assures British

timber and timber products, and

has a dedicated construction

sector task group comprising of

representatives from several UKCG

(UK Contractors Group) members,

with a collective turnover of £33bn.

Clearly signposted in the Scheme

Monitors’ Checklist under the

‘Protect the Environment’ section,

is a question asking how the site

is making ‘a positive contribution’

to the natural environment by

sourcing ‘local materials’.

Now organisations can do just that

by using wood products licensed

under the GiB scheme which

gives woodland owners, suppliers,

retailers, and the construction

industry, assurance that the timber

is British-grown.

The construction industry is a huge

consumer of wood materials for

everything from house frames to

panels, floors and joinery, with 80%

of all UK wood being imported in


A huge 27.7 million cubic metres

of timber was imported to the UK

in 2014, according to the latest

Forestry Commission figures.

Research published in October by

Grown in Britain revealed that 92%

of large contractors would support

an industry-wide commitment to

use more home-grown timber.

Many main contractors are already

backing Grown in Britain including

Balfour Beatty, BAM, Kier, Lend

Lease, Morgan Sindall, STIHL Group,

andWillmott Dixon to name just

a few.

GiB’s Chief Executive Officer, Dougal

Driver said: “Procuring timber which

is assured as Grown in Britain will

create a more sustainable future for

our own forests and woodlands.

“As with all materials sourced

locally, this secures and creates

jobs, supports local communities,

helps the balance of payments and

reduces carbon miles.

“The added benefit of local UK

sourced wood is that it enhances

woods and forests; managed

forests are far better for wildlife,

people, water supply and flood

management and so on – the list

goes on!”