Forestry Statistics 2011 - 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 green tonnes 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

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

thousand green tonnes

FC/ FS

     2007 - 2011

1 119

645

2 644

370

4 778

     2012 - 2016

1 170

721

3 083

474

5 447

     2017 - 2021

1 148

649

3 355

468

5 620

     2022 - 2026

981

610

3 024

433

5 048

Non-FC/ FS

     2007 - 2011

1 5205472 995165 078

     2012 - 2016

1 6386103 583165 847

     2017 - 2021

1 7636223 959166 361

     2022 - 2026

1 8006104 095166 522

Total softwood

     2007 - 2011

2 6391 1935 6383869 856

     2012 - 2016

2 8071 3316 66649011 294

     2017 - 2021

2 9101 2717 31548411 980

     2022 - 2026

2 7811 2207 11944911 570

Not National Statistics.

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

No forecasts are published for hardwood.

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