Labour candidate sees jobs benefit of forestry and wood in East Lothian

30 January 2024

Former UK Cabinet Minister Douglas Alexander has seen the economic and employment benefits of forestry and wood processing at close hand after visiting a tree nursery and sawmill.

Mr Alexander toured Glennon Brothers' Windymains sawmill and Alba Trees, both located in the East Lothian constituency that he will contest for Labour at the next general election.

After the visits, organised by trade body Confor, Mr Alexander said: “It was great to visit these two excellent local businesses, which collectively employ more than 200 people - and to see how the forestry and wood industry can deliver on Labour’s green growth agenda.

“Glennons and Alba, and businesses like them, are providing jobs and economic growth in our rural communities and both continue to invest millions in technology and people to deliver further prosperity to East Lothian. On top of that, growing trees and using more wood plays a vital role in tackling damaging climate change.”