Friday, 11 September 2020
Celebrating 25 Years of FSC UK
It is easy to forget, amid the strange circumstances in which we find ourselves, that 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of FSC UK, but it is important to recognise the progress that has been made over the quarter century. The achievements are not only through the work of FSC UK staff and trustees through the years but that of our supporters and advocates.
FSC UK was founded in 1995, and in the 25 years since, FSC UK and our supporters have worked tirelessly to promote responsible forest management across the UK. During this time, 1,593,482 hectares of UK forest have been certified, and 2,225 UK chain of custody certificates and 117 UK promotional licences have been issued*. Consumer awareness of FSC has also increased dramatically over the years. In 2007, 19% of consumers surveyed recognised the FSC logo, however, this figure reached 67% in our 2020 survey.
Our 25th year gave us numerous reasons to celebrate, including exciting launches, events, and milestones:
- Our October 2019 Annual Members Meeting took place at Kew Gardens, which was a fitting location, providing an opportunity to celebrate their collaboration with FSC and US Forest Services on a Global Timber Referencing Project, which aims to support the fight against illegal logging and strengthen the integrity of the FSC system.
- November 2019 saw the launch of Together for Forests at the British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) Education Conference, which aims to support BIAZA members to source sustainably and encourage their visitors to do the same.
- In February 2020, FSC UK exhibited at Packaging Innovations, where we launched our Is Your Packaging Forest Friendly? video, and distributed our FSC Packaging brochures.
- Through 2019, we celebrated some significant forestry milestones, including the centenary of the Forestry Act of 1919 that established the Forestry Commission, and two decades of FSC forest management certification by DGA Forestry LLP and Scottish Woodlands.
To find out more about our achievements over the past 25 years, download our 25 year timeline below. To find out more about how to join our FSC Friday celebrations later this month, click here.
*Figures correct as of 1 September 2020.