A new document has been developed and will be issued soon, together with felling licences and grant agreements, to demonstrate growers’ compliance with the EUTR.

Confor chief executive Stuart Goodall said UK timber growers were understandably "frustrated" at having to comply with more legislation in the form of the EUTR, which he said was primarily designed to tackle illegal or unsustainable practices in other countries.

"Most of Britain’s timber growers manage their forests legally and sustainably," he added.

Mr Goodall said a lot of unnecessary time and costs were potentially saved by the solution.

The Forestry Commission said it had worked closely with Confor and Defra and the National Measurement Office (NMO), the authority responsible for implementing the EUTR in the UK, to minimise the extra regulatory burden on the sector.

The NMO has confirmed the form was the type of evidence it would be looking for in its enforcement work.

The new document provides a link to felling licences or grant agreements and demonstrates that timber was harvested legally.

If a forest owner sells trees standing and another business harvests them, the form will be passed on to the harvester who would be acting as the "operator" under the terms of the EUTR. It is always the person/company that owns the trees when they are harvested that becomes the operator.