Scottish Labour politicians see green jobs and growth on forest and wood visits

2 November 2022

Senior Labour politicians took a chance to see what ‘green prosperity’ looks like on the ground when they visited a sawmill and tree nursery in southern Scotland.

Shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray MP and Martin Whitfield, Labour MSP for the South of Scotland, visited Glennon Brothers’ Windymains sawmill near Humbie, and Alba Trees nursery near Tranent, both in East Lothian.

Labour leader Keir Starmer unveiled his Green Prosperity Plan at the recent party conference, and the visit allowed the politicians to see at first hand what contribution forestry and wood processing can make to delivering that plan.

Labour wants investment in 400,000 green jobs as part of a Green New Deal and to buy, make and sell more in the UK to boost local supply chains. This will be combined with a net zero and nature test for government policy if Labour is elected at the general election expected by 2024.

Forestry and wood processing is already one of the UK’s greenest sectors, as trees remove carbon from the atmosphere as they grow and modern forest design ensures a range of societal and environmental benefits are delivered in managed forests. The carbon removed by growing trees is then stored when trees are harvested to make wood products. 

The visits offered Labour a chance to see how committing to supporting the UK forest industries in the future can also help deliver more green jobs and growth.