The trade was urged to get involved at the grassroots in timber promotion and education, at the Yorkshire and Humberside Timber Trade Association (YHTTA) annual dinner.

Addressing the audience of about 300, Timber Trade Federation president Geoff Rhodes said that the TTF was continuing to back wood. for good and that individual timber businesses should also latch on to the opportunities the campaign presents. “TTF companies can use it as part of their own product promotion and the campaign is waiting to talk to anyone who wants to become more involved.”

He also urged timber companies to get involved locally with the Forest Education Initiative. “in whatever way you can”.

Chairman Richard Gore underlined the YHTTA’s commitment to education. “We are maintaining our connections with Sheffield University and also now have a project with St Mary’s College, Hull, helping organise lectures and site visits for design students.”

He added that the Association’s proposed merger with the North East Coast Timber Trade Association was progressing (TTJ February 8/15).”By combining we will have greater opportunity to spread the good word for timber,” he said.