A woodland hero? Get in touch with Grown in Britain ‘Woodland Heroes’ campaign

Posted on October 21, 2015 by

Are you a woodland hero?  This month Grown in Britain has launched a ‘Woodland Heroes’ campaign to raise awareness of the importance of getting Britain’s woodlands back into management.

They want to hear from anyone who is supporting the use of home-grown timber or involved in managing UK woods and forests.  You could be a community woodland, social enterprise, a retailer, a forester, land owner or a furniture designer.

Inspiring others to manage woodland

By showcasing the stories and people behind our woods, Grown in Britain hopes to inspire others to get the 42% of the UK’s currently unmanaged woodlands working again.

Over the last decade UK woodland cover has increased but there is still some way to go before we match European levels, with the UK still having the lowest levels of woodland cover at 13% compared to 37% across the rest of Europe.

Dougal Driver, Grown in Britain CEO said:

“People from all sectors are playing a key role, often behind the scenes, to protect, improve and expand our woodland.  This campaign is for them. We want to shine a spot-light on their stories”

Furniture designer Ted Jefferis  is one of these people. Ted lives and works in an ancient oak woodland and in 2013 he set up his own furniture making business TedWood:

“We’re living at a time when the ‘grown and made in Britain’ label matters more than ever; everyone is looking for provenance, whether its apples or tables. It’s natural for me because the roots of my work are beautiful British hardwoods.

Ted adds: “when I pick out a dusty board of British timber I know that beneath the surface will be wood that is full of character and intrinsic beauty. I also know that by choosing British timber one is supporting a sustainable future for our priceless British woodlands.’

Over the course of 2015 Grown in Britain will be developing a wall of woodland heroes on its website.  If like Ted you are one of the many individuals, groups or organisations who are playing a key role in using British timber or managing woodland, then please send us your story to enquiries@growninbritain.org.  Share your stories on Twitter #GiBwoodlandhero

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