MP pays visit to Egger

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has been in Hexham finding out more about employment opportunities created by the timber industry and how tree-planting can help in flood prevention.

Wednesday, 11th May 2016, 09:42 am
Updated Wednesday, 11th May 2016, 10:47 am
Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan with Simon Hart of Egger.

Vice-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry, she is an advocate of plans to plant more trees in rural Northumberland – helping farmers to diversify, creating jobs and holding back excess rainwater from rivers prone to flooding.

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She toured chipboard manufacturer Egger – the county’s largest manufacturing employer – and spoke with the forest management and harvesting team.

Simon Hart, general manager, said: “It was a pleasure to show Mrs Trevelyan around the factory and tell her about the wide range of jobs created by the timber industry.”

She was told of the Roots to Prosperity initiative calling on Government to make it easier for the commercial forestry sector to plant more trees.