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Grown in Britain Week gets off to a flyer

The release of impressive figures for the production of Scottish timber has delivered a really positive start for Grown in Britain Week.

It was reported that a record amount of Scottish wood was made during 2014. Over 7 million tonnes of timber was produced north of the border over a period of 12 months. When it came to UK softwood last year, in excess of 50 per cent of the British total came from Scottish sources.

Grown in Britain Week is all about boosting sustainability and national self-reliance. If the trends it encourages prosper then more wood flooring in Liverpool may be ordered. The chief executive for the Grown in Britain campaign, Dougal Driver, has said:

“Grown in Britain is flying the flag for British timber and getting the public to think about where their wood comes from.”

Mr. Driver has explained that boosting demand for UK timber for use by businesses and British citizens is critical. He has said current innovation is putting added value into supply chains. As a result, imports are being gradually replaced and this is assisting the flourishing of forests.

At the moment, the UK timber sector is responsible for the employment of about 40,000 workers. Nearly £2 billion is related to all of their hard graft.

There is scope for further job creation in the industry as businesses like BSW Timber have made significant investments. In the first few days of Grown in Britain Week, political support for UK forestry was made evident in some remarks made by the Environment Secretary.

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