Lowfield Timber Frames assists Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry

Lowfield Timber Frames has hosted the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee as part of the inquiry on Sustainable Timber and Deforestation.

The inquiry is examining the sustainability of timber in the UK and the UK’s contribution to global deforestation. The inquiry will investigate how the UK, which imports most of its timber, can best scale up a sustainable, resilient domestic timber sector and reduce its reliance on imports.

It will examine the degree to which UK supply chains contribute to deforestation overseas and the effectiveness of the government’s efforts to curb this, as well as how the UK works with international partners to tackle deforestation.

Darren Jarman, Managing Director at Lowfield, said: “It was a pleasure to the show the Committee around and highlight some of the challenges faced in sector.”

Lowfield Timber Frames provided the delegates with a tour of its manufacturing facility and a presentation to demonstrate the current issues facing the timber frame industry, which relies on high-quality timber but also understands the importance of sustainability.

Environmental Audit Committee Chair Rt Hon Philip Dunne, MP for Ludlow, said: “In net zero Britain, we must consider all alternative building materials as our built environment contributes a quarter of all UK greenhouse gas emissions: and timber framed buildings will be part of the solution. It’s encouraging to see thriving local companies – like Lowfield Timber Frames – leading the way.”