Have you registered for the softwood conference? 

Have you registered for the softwood conference?


There is less than one week left until the UK Softwood Conference 2021, which is taking place on Wednesday 31 March, 10:00 to 13:00 GMT, via Zoom. Spaces are limited and fast being filled, so we really do encourage you to register now to secure your place.

While we didn’t know it at the time, the UK Softwood Conference and Dinner on 4 March 2020 would be the last large physical event we would hold that year. Like everyone, we have adjusted, and I am proud of the many events we have since delivered online on hardwoods, Brexit, tropical timber, Northern Ireland, treated timber and more, as well as the stellar series for the Riverside Sunderland Design Competition last month.

An incredible amount has changed in the last 12 months, and will continue to do so in the coming year; particularly as the vaccine programme in the UK continues to ramp up (at the time of writing this, 28 million people in the UK have received their first shot), in light of the upcoming COP26 Conference in Glasgow, and as the Government turns their attention beyond recovering the economy, to advancing it to become net zero.

Like any other commodity sector, timber does not exist in a vacuum and is subject to both national and global policy shifts (and the natural world, whether Covid or Bark Beetles). However, due to the inherent low carbon nature of timber as a product, undoubtedly there is a lot of room for our sector to grow – and I am confident that the merger between TTF and TRADA will help timber in the UK reach its full potential.

Those attending the conference next week will be able to hear from supplier countries, on the future of the UK housing market, and get their questions answered on the softwood market. I do hope that all our members make the time to attend this invaluable event, and enjoy its online format. The full programme, speakers, and link to register are all live.

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