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Illegal wood rare in UK


Sir, Greenpeace is quick to raise its profile, but not so good on accuracy.

Your article 'Illegal wood traders face tough sanctions' (Materials, November 3) refers to 'millions of tonnes of tropical timber' for use on UK building sites.

If only this was the case, the timber industry might make some money. The total UK consumption of all timber ? the vast majority of which is sustainable softwood ? is millions of tonnes. For tropical timber it is thousands of tonnes, and most of that is legal.

Headline grabbing is all very well but the timber industry is tired of being abused.

Boring news does not make the headlines. How about: 'Tropical timber is less than 5 per cent of all timber consumed in the UK'?

These people would serve the environment better by protesting in the countries that create the problem.

Keith Fryer Marlborough Wiltshire