CONFERENCE: Timber industry "critically important" says Forestry Minister

8 December 2023

The National Wood Strategy for England has been launched at Confor’s policy conference at Westminster - and its lead author hopes it becomes redundant within a year.

Tom Barnes said that the real measure of success of the Strategy would be the delivery of its aims through collaboration between industry, UK Government, forestry agencies, investors and environmental organisations.

Mr Barnes highlighted plans to prepare a Strategy at Confor’s 2022 conference, and handed out hard copies exactly a year later - at Green Growth: Why Wood is the Missing Low-Carbon Link.

The Strategy is a blueprint for “planting, growing, harvesting and processing conifer and broadleaf trees in England” and aims to put timber production at the heart of policymaking.