South England Forest District currently produces approximately 100,000 tonnes of timber per annum, equivalent to over 3,0800 lorry loads each year.
The timber comes from areas that are either thinned to promote the growth of the remaining trees or from areas cleared for replanting or restoration to other habitats, such as heathland.
Modern harvesting equipment can cut up to 1,000 tonnes a week, and from the South England Forest District the Forestry Commission supplies a number of local and regional mills with conifer logs to produce a range of products including fencing, pallets, carcassing and chip board.
During the winter months the forest produces some 1,000 tonnes of quality hardwoods, mainly oak, that is largely used for green oak buildings and beams.
All the timber is certificated, holding the FSC mark, giving the customer assurance that the wood has come from sustainable managed forests. Timber from sustainably managed forests is one of the most environmentally friendly materials available. For more information on the environmental credentials of wood visit the wood for good website. Forestry Commission also supports the Grown in Britain programme which aims to create a new and stronger market pull for the array of products derived from our woodlands and forests, develop private sector funding and harness the positive energy and feelings towards our woodlands and forests.