The Wood We Use

Britain is a timber hungry country.

Our lives are full of wood-based products - a book or newspaper is a processed tree; our homes overflow with paper and cardboard and are made of structural timbers, boards and veneers.

Wood products are all around us - yet we tend to take them for granted and forget how and where the raw material is produced - out in the forest.

In Britain we consume a huge amount of timber, paper, boards and as sundry wood products each year - equivalent to around 50 million cubic metres - or roughly two large trees per person. Recycling helps reduce the need for paper but there is still a huge demand for wood-based products.

That all has to come from somewhere.