24 February 2021
Greater wood use in the UK is the focus for the next meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry and Tree Planting
Speakers include Paul Brannen, Director Of Public Affairs at CEI-Bois & EOS, representing European woodworking and sawmilling industries, and Dan Ridley-Ellis, Associate Professor and Head of the Centre for Wood Science and Technology at Edinburgh Napier University.
They will be joined by Caroline Ayre, Confor's National Manager for England and Jasper Meade, Director of PYC Group and a board member at Wood Knowledge Wales - followed by a Q&A session of around half an hour.
The meeting will be held online, on Wednesday 24th February, from 1-2pm. It will be chaired by Ben Lake MP, Chair of the APPG on Forestry and Tree Planting, and hosted by David Lee.
Caroline Ayre said: "Tom Barnes articulated really clearly at the last APPG meeting why we need to get across the message that tree planting, woodland management and home-grown wood use are inextricably linked.
"The Climate Change Committee recommends that from 2025, at the latest, all new homes in the UK should be timber-framed - and that has significant implications for the UK wood processing sector and for the level of our long-term tree planting ambitions. We need to get this joined-up message across clearly to our policy-makers."