Talks, walks, cakes and tree planting!
September 30 2016, FSC Friday was celebrated by organisations up and down the UK, with events taking place to support our world’s forests and to raise awareness of responsible forest management. People were encouraged to consider their wood and paper sourcing, look out for the FSC logo and buy FSC certified materials and products.
Businesses, schools, scouts and NGOs took part, with positive engagement on social media, those taking part tweeting photos of their events and forest-themed cakes! FSC International coordinated a successful global thunderclap, and national offices in other countries also participated, including FSC Italy and FSC Netherlands who both included an awards-giving as part of their FSC Friday celebrations.
How did UK organisations celebrate?
Soil Association UK ran a bake-off and forest quiz and presented prizes provided by FSC UK to the winners:
“The bake-off showcased some fantastic designs and baking skills! They all looked and tasted amazing, making it a very tight competition! The star baker is actually a keen painter so was really pleased to receive the lovely FSC certified art canvas and a cotton bag!”
Snow’s Timber selected 50 of their top builder’s merchant customers to take part in their ‘Buy It Certified’ campaign, equipping them with a bag of promotional materials FSC UK provided.
Border Oak Design & Construction Ltd baked speciality cakes for FSC Friday - including these cake-pop conifers!
Impress Print Services Ltd ran a #snapandshare photo challenge via their social media (top of opposite page), raising awareness of the FSC label.
Be Modern Ltd were delighted to celebrate FSC Friday with Toft Hill Primary School in Bishop Auckland. The event rounded off a week of learning about the rainforest and sustainability by year 4 students (below).
“It has been a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with Be Modern to celebrate FSC Friday. The children had a fantastic day. We are so looking forward to seeing our new mini apple orchard grow” said Janice Stobbs, Head Teacher of Toft Hill Primary School.
Blaengwawr Primary School took part by running a range of fun activities and educational, forest-related projects:
“Children made collages using natural materials found in our environmental area, used some of your activity sheets and researched the effect of deforestation on animal habitats. They also created posters on endangered species and wrote tree poems, some researching how deforestation can cause flooding and weather changes. Others researched FSC and FSC products, some even doing PowerPoint presentations. We also displayed posters at our MacMillan Coffee Morning for parents.”
Downpatrick Nursery School celebrated outdoors, running a ‘hug a tree’ event .
FSC Friday Materials
© FSC UKOrganisations could request A3 & A4 posters, bookmarks, pencils, pledges and prizes.
FSC Friday 2017 will take place on 29th September!
FSC Friday is a great opportunity to inform and educate people - including employees, students, groups and the general public, of the value of FSC and the vital role forests play in our lives. It's a chance to spread awareness of the importance of responsible forest management, wood and paper sourcing and encourage people to look for the logo and buy FSC certified products.
Interested in getting involved?
Register your interest today by emailing fscfriday at fsc-uk point org.
FSC Friday 2016 Map
Businesses, schools and groups took part all over the UK - Click here to visit the map.
FSC Friday Sign-ups
A global Thunderclap coordinated by FSC International and had a global reach of 732,396 - exceeding last year’s by 223,080!
Supporters included WWF UK, The Rainforest Alliance, FSC certificate holders and individuals, each of which all used their social media accounts to send a unified message.
We were busy re-tweeting on the day, sharing photos of events running up and down the UK.
FSC UK celebrates!
FSC UK held two events: a stall at our local primary school fête and a forest code-breaker trail in our local FSC certified forest.