Friends of the Earth - Good Wood Guide

Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We are part of an international community dedicated to protecting the natural world and the wellbeing of everyone in it. We lead campaigns, provide resources and information, and drive real solutions to the environmental problems facing us all. We are committed to a peaceful and sustainable world based on societies living in harmony with nature. Each generation enjoying an environment that’s getting better; a safer climate, abundant nature, healthy air, water and food. A growing and diverse network of people coming together to transform our environment into one which is flourishing, sustainable, and socially just.

Why choose good wood? We need wood for lots of stuff, from furniture to floorboards. It’s natural and renewable, so it’s often a better choice than alternatives like steel or plastics. But our demand for wood is having a devastating impact on the world’s forests. Forests that give us everything from oxygen to medicines – and help combat climate change. Our good wood guide helps you choose wood from healthy sources, and avoid species at risk from extinction. And find alternatives to using new timber. Forests and woodlands aren’t just magnificent to look at and walk around in. Trees are crucial for life on Earth – for food, water, air, medicine… as well as reducing climate change.

Trees are our biggest natural allies against climate chaos. They remove pollutants from the atmosphere, and help clean the air we breathe. That’s why we’re petitioning the UK government to double tree cover in every region of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We want to encourage tree planting (right trees, right place), but also rewilding  and lots of natural regeneration of our native trees.