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NEWS RELEASE No: 519629 AUGUST 2002


BRITISH TIMBER STATISTICS 2001

National Statistics


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29 August 2002
      Coverage
      Great Britain

      Theme
      Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry













    Issued by:
    Economics & Statistics Unit
    Forestry Commission
    231 Corstorphine Road
    Edinburgh, EH12 7AT

    Enquiries:
    Alister Henderson 0131 314 6337
    statistics@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

    Statistician:
    Sheila Ward 0131 314 6475
    sheila.ward@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

    Website:
    www.forestry.gov.uk/statistics
    The Forestry Commission today published “British Timber Statistics 2001”, an annual publication presenting statistics on British timber harvested and used by primary wood processing industries in Great Britain.
      The main findings are:

      A total of 7.5 million green tonnes of British timber (roundwood) was delivered to primary wood processors and others in 2001, a slight increase from the previous year.

      6.9 million green tonnes of all deliveries (91%) were softwood (i.e. from conifers).

      Deliveries of logs to sawmills accounted for 4.1 million green tonnes (55% of the total).

      A further 1.7 million green tonnes (23%) were delivered to wood-based panel mills and 0.9 million green tonnes (13%) to integrated pulp and paper mills. Other uses included round fencing and fuelwood.


      Background
        This is a National Statistics publication. Official statistics bearing the National Statistics logo are produced to high professional standards set out in the National Statistics Code of Practice. They undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs. They are produced free from political interference.

        British Timber Statistics 2001 is available on the Forestry Commission website at www.forestry.gov.uk/statistics. Paper copies are available on request.

          e-mail: statistics@forestry.gsi.gov.uk