Celebrating the good in timber

Celebrating the good in timber


It is important to celebrate excellence in the industry – particularly during periods of unsettling change and disruption – so it has been pleasing to see the TTJ Awards push forward into its 24th year with a fully virtual event on Friday 25 September. As well as the Climate Assembly calling for the Government to build with timber to tackle the climate crisis. 

This event will celebrate achievement in the industry’s key trading award categories of softwood, hardwood, panel products, joinery, structural timber systems, merchanting and small timber business, culminating in the Timber Trader of the Year prize, which we are sponsoring.

We encourage all to register now for the event, which is free. More information can be found on the TTJ website, including an agenda for the day.

Meanwhile among other good news we can look to this week is the growing support for timber construction as evidenced by Climate Assembly UK’s first report, published on Thursday 10 September, where ‘using wood in construction’ was backed by 82 percent of members as one of four methods of greenhouse gas removal.

The assembly was established by six Parliamentary select committees in June 2019, and is made up of 108 people from all walks of life, to act as a cross section of the UK public.

Unsurprisingly, the most popular method for greenhouse gas removal backed by assembly members was forests and better forest management (99%). This report was published just one day before the closure of the England Tree Strategy consultation and again shows the repeated enthusiasm of the public for forestry and natural materials.

On the England Tree Strategy, in an open letter, to be sent to Lord Goldsmith, we registered our support for the response from CONFOR, who are the representative organisation for sustainable forestry in the UK, and for the Government’s target of increasing planting to 30,000 hectares per year in Britain.

By partnering with a wide array of stakeholders, the England Tree Strategy will have an opportunity to showcase both the social and economic value of tree planting, which when combined with the right financial support, will help encourage landowners towards these types of land uses.

At the heart of this interdisciplinary approach should be expanding the knowledge of wood and wood technologies and products in the UK, and connecting tree planting in England, in productive forests as well as areas focused on restoring ancient woodlands, to our future prosperity.

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