Forestry Statistics 2008 - UK Grown Timber

Wood production

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Softwood availability forecasts are taken from the 2005 forecast, published in September 2006 (not National Statistics). Strictly, they are forecasts of availability rather than production, as they do not take account of financial factors or the state of markets, which may cause production to be delayed or brought forward. More information and detailed breakdowns of GB forecasts are available in UK: new forecast of softwood availability in the November 2006 edition of Forestry & British Timber.

Softwood production in the UK is projected to increase to an annual average of almost 12 million m3 overbark standing over the five year period 2017 to 2021. The majority of this softwood is projected to come from non-FC/ FS woodland.

Table 2.5  Softwood availability forecasts

Annual average in the five years

England

Scotland

   Wales

Northern
Ireland

        UK

thousand green tonnes

FC/ FS

       2007 - 2011

1 119

2 644

645

370

4 778

       2012 - 2016

1 170

3 083

721

474

5 447

       2017 - 2021

1 148

3 355

649

468

5 620

       2022 - 2026

981

3 024

610

433

5 048

Non-FC/ FS

       2007 - 2011

1 5202 995547165 078

       2012 - 2016

1 6383 583610165 847

       2017 - 2021

1 7633 959622166 361

       2022 - 2026

1 8004 095610166 522

Total softwood

       2007 - 2011

2 6395 6381 1933869 856

       2012 - 2016

2 8076 6661 33149011 294

       2017 - 2021

2 9107 3151 27148411 980

       2022 - 2026

2 7817 1191 22044911 570

Source:  2005 UK Forecast of Softwood Availability (Forestry Commission, 2006)

No forecasts are published for hardwood.

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