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Indicators for timber and other forest products

View the timber and other forest products chapter of 'UK Indicators of Sustainable Forestry', as published in October 2002.

Any recent developments, and links to additional information, are shown below.

D1. Volume of growing stock

  • There was an error affecting all the figures for conifers in England, compiled for EFSOS in 2001 and published in the indicators in 2002. The England conifer figures should have been 325 thousand hectares, 50 million m3 growing stock and 3.8 million m3 annual increment. These changes, which also alter the UK totals, just correct the error in EFSOS; they do not incorporate new modelling information.
  • Revised figures for growing stock and annual increment, based on modelling from National Inventory of Woodland and Trees 1995-99, were not produced.

D2. Harvesting compared with annual increment

  • The error reported for D1 also affects the conifer annual increment figure for England in this indicator. The England figure should have been 3.8 million m3, and UK total 16.3 million m3.

  • For revised GB figures for harvesting see D3.

  • Revised figures for growing stock and annual increment, based on modelling from National Inventory of Woodland and Trees 1995-99, were not produced.

D3. Timber production and future availability

  • Annual figures for timber removals (production) are published in Forestry Statistics (Table 2.1) and Forestry Facts & Figures (Table 5). Converted from green tonnes to m3 overbark standing, they have been used to update the following table.

million m3 overbark standing

Year  

Softwood

 

Hardwood

UK Total

 

FC/FS
woodland

Non-FC/FS
Woodland

Total
softwood

   
1970

1.53

0.92

2.45

1.30

3.75

1980

2.66

0.93

3.58

1.40

4.98

1990

3.71

2.24

5.94

1.24

7.16

1995

4.39

3.53

7.92

0.98

8.90

2000

5.93

3.14

9.07

0.73

9.80

2005

5.60

4.76

10.35

0.66

11.01

2010

5.65

6.04

11.69

0.59

12.29

Sources: Forestry Facts & Figures and related working tables

  • Further details of the 2000 forecast, presented in the published indicators, is available from an article originally published in the April 2001 issue of Forestry & British Timber.

  • A forecast of softwood availability was published in September 2006.

  • A more comprehensive assessment of the hardwood resource, based on National Inventory of Woodland and Trees 1995-99, was not produced.

  • More recent softwood and hardwood availability forecasts, based on data from the ongoing National Forest Inventory (2009-14), have been published on the National Forest Inventory pages.

D4. Home-grown timber as % of consumption

  • Forestry Statistics (Table 3.1) gives annual figures for UK production and apparent consumption for the last ten years. The calculation of apparent consumption now totally excludes recovered paper. The former basis, used for UKISF 2002 and for Forestry Statistics until 2006, excluded waste paper recovery but included recovered paper in imports and exports. The increased volumes of recovered paper exports in recent years increasingly distorted the apparent consumption calculated on the former basis.

D5. Carbon storage

  • More information about how forests in the UK contribute to the carbon cycle is given by a (June 2003) Forestry Commission Information Note by Mark Broadmeadow and Robert Matthews of Forest Research.

  • Updated estimates of "removals to forestland" as calculated for Climate Change reporting are given in Forestry Statistics (Table 4.2).

Last updated: 13th June 2016