CEO / Founder / Investor
National Bamboo LLC. is a triple bottom line business venture, established in 2012 by two investors Jamie LeLiever and Edward Murgitroyd. The idea of bamboo farming in the Southeast came to us by way of Kimberly-Clark's 2012 sustainability announcement which stated their interest in having a “local” sustainable bamboo feedstock in the southeast, to reduce their need for harvesting natural forests.
After taking initial consultation with a local bamboo expert and sponsoring research with NCSU, we are confident the opportunity is now for timber bamboo farming in the southeast…and National Bamboo is committed to making this a reality. 2017 marks our fifth shooting season on our eastern North Carolina timber Bamboo research and development farm (initial 40 acres of bamboo planted 2012/2013).
Today we own and operate the largest planted bamboo grove acreage in NC. We are also the largest bamboo plant stock provider (from small plug size to fully matured grove cut bamboo) and bamboo fiber producer in Eastern North Carolina.