Part of Thetford Forest has gone to Norwich for a low carbon building at the University of East Anglia.
The Forestry Commission has supplied 250 tonnes of Corsican pine grown and harvested in the forest for the university’s new Enterprise Centre. Corsican pine is not generally used for buildings but it met the requirements for locally sourced, renewable, natural materials. The timber was also cut at a local sawmill.
The project is being managed by the Adapt Low Carbon Group and delivered by contractor Morgan Sindall.
John French, chief executive of Adapt Low Carbon, said: “Sustainability means using local resources and building supply chains from natural resources like forestry. This reduces carbon and creates high value jobs.”
Anne Mason, chairman of Friends of Thetford Forest said it showed the importance of forestry in providing sustainable resources.