The licence allows growers, processors, specifiers, retailers and consumers to identify products made from British-grown timber and is independently assessed against the Grown in Britain standard, which acts in accordance with the government’s timber procurement policies.

The new scheme marks a milestone for the Grown in Britain campaign, which launched in 2013.

"This is a really exciting moment for the initiative," said Dougal Driver, Grown in Britain’s chief executive. "We have worked hard to deliver the industry-led government-backed Wood Industry Action plan that could drive lasting change in the forestry sector by providing sustainable end markets for home-grown timber.

The licence, he added, was now at the heart of the movement.

"It’s not only a mark of origin and independent assessment but helps people connect the timber they buy and use to the woodland spaces we know they love. By buying and specifying British timber it directly impacts woodland creation and management," said Mr Driver.

Applications for a licence can be made through the Grown in Britain website ( and take around four weeks to complete.