After a decade of collaboration with Woodland Heritage in delivering their ‘Woodland to Workshop’ courses, Whitney Sawmills was acquired by the Charity in 2016. Being at the centre of the timber supply chain, Woodland Heritage believes that sawmills and the skills required to work them are a crucial part of the British timber industry and, with the right approach, a healthy future exists for those that remain; something that it wanted to demonstrate by taking over Whitney Sawmills.
It is estimated that currently only 6% of hardwoods used in the UK are sourced from Britain, the large majority being imported from Europe. At the same time only 40% of our mixed broadleaf woodlands are currently managed and it is this lack of woodland management that is creating the greatest threats to many endangered species. Buying native grown British timber sustains native woodlands by directly supporting the management and upkeep of woodland, helping to keep rural employment and skills alive.
The charity, Woodland Heritage is a unique initiative that is recognised for truly uniting all tree people – if you are involved in the wood industry and would like to “put something back” and contribute to the proper management of British Trees for future generation, then please get involved today!