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TIMBER SEMINARS CONFIRMED FOR TIMBER EXPO


Te Timber Expo (24th September at the Richo Arena, Coventry) ‘Timber Talk’ seminar programme has now been confirmed and details are available on the website.


Te Seminar Teatres will showcase timber as a building material and display how a complex supply chain can mesh together to create superb energy efficient buildings. Among attractions is a ‘Meet the speaker’ facility which will allow all delegates to


meet one to one with some of the industry’s thought leaders and technology pioneers.


Other features in Expozine include Vox


Pops, some recent industry news you may have missed plus lots of information on our new sponsor and exhibitor profiles.


A new pre-show event called ProTimber


- the Timber Industry Summit is available by invitation only to members of one of the partner Trade Associations.


WOOD TRADE BODIES SIGN HISTORIC ACCORD


Te 11 trade bodies representing the supply chain of the forestry and timber industries have signed an historic Industry Accord in order to improve competitiveness and performance across the sector.


Te Accord was signed at the offices of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) by the chief executives of each of the Associations. It commits each to working together in areas of common interest and strategic goals, in particular to ensure that stakeholders see a joined up, collaborative approach and that best use is made of available funding and resources. John White, Chief Executive of the Timber Trade Federation, said: “Tis Accord formalises what we have often done on an informal basis - work together for the common good of the sector and our customers.


DEFRA:


Te UK timber industry is worth roughly £10 billion a year - bigger than cement, concrete and a lot of other materials - and plays a vital role in our economy. Yet it can often seem overlooked as this is split between over 7,500 small firms. Tis Accord will help us to act as one and show the importance of our sector to the UK economic recovery and low-carbon development.”


THE SIGNATORIES AGREE TO:


1. Work together on timber representation, promotion and market development activity whenever it is feasible to do so. Te timber industry needs to work together in complementary and mutually supportive ways to achieve maximum impact from its resources.


2. Endorse and support to the best of their abilities any initiative by any signatory to this Accord that is in line with this objective.


3. Recognise the close relationship that each signatory has with its own community and to use these close relationships to best effect when planning and undertaking any new initiative or activity. Signatories undertake to consider the opportunities from working with others in order to share resources and costs and to extend outreach and impact.


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INDEPENDENT FORESTRY REPORT BACKS WOOD FIRST


Te final report from the Independent Panel on Forestry commissioned by Defra has called on local authorities to create a Wood First rule in local planning guidelines.


‘commercial forestry helps to preserve our woodland’


Te recommendation echoes calls from the timber industry promotion and sustainability awareness campaign Wood for Good to introduce a presumption in favour of using wood products in construction projects into local authority planning guidance. Defra


commissioned the report in the wake of a controversial announcement last year by the Government that it intended to sell-off large swathes of publicly owned forest, a position it has now altered following large scale public resistance.


David Hopkins, director at Wood for


Good, welcomed the Panel’s support saying that it was a critical building block in the campaign to see more sustainable construction in the UK. He said: “As the report’s authors rightly identify, commercial forestry helps to preserve our woodland both for people to enjoy and to absorb millions of tonnes of carbon produced by the UK every year. Greater demand for timber products


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from the nation’s construction sector will see more forest planted and in turn, a greater amount of CO2 absorbed from the atmosphere.


“Just a four percent increase in our forest


cover would absorb 10 per cent of all of the UK’s carbon emissions in a single year which can then be stored in timber products. Local authorities can use their powers to encourage more sustainable development and help Britain to reach its carbon reduction commitments in the most cost effective manner.”


To read a full copy of the report please visit http://www.defra.gov.uk/forestrypanel


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