Forestry Statistics 2012 - UK-Grown Timber

Deliveries of UK-grown roundwood

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In 2011, deliveries of UK roundwood (softwood and hardwood) totalled 10.3 million green tonnes, a 3% increase from the previous year (Tables 2.5 and 2.6).

Most UK roundwood deliveries (95%) were softwood and totalled 9.7 million green tonnes in 2011 (Table 2.5). 5.9 million green tonnes (60% of UK softwood deliveries) were used by sawmills, a 4% increase from the previous year. A further 1.4 million green tonnes were used to produce wood-based panels (3% increase), 0.5 million green tonnes by integrated pulp and paper mills (6% increase), and 2.5 million green tonnes for other uses (unchanged from the level in 2010), including round fencing, woodfuel, shavings and exports of roundwood.

The increase in softwood deliveries for woodfuel in recent years reflects an increase in wood use for heating and energy production in the UK (see the Sources chapter for further information).

Table 2.5 Deliveries of UK-grown softwood, 2002-2011

Year

Sawmills

Pulp mills

Wood-based
panels

Fencing

Woodfuel1

Other2

Exports3

 Total

thousand green tonnes

2002

4 677 696 1 456 289 100 29 133 7 380

2003

4 812 704 1 486 264 100 45 307 7 718

2004

4 953 483 1 525 272 100 79 610 8 021

2005

4 924 500 1 502 317 100 95 705 8 143

2006

5 210 481 1 365 274 100 114 643 8 187

2007

5 565 472 1 362 319 200 113 759 8 790

2008

4 933 515 1 219 359 300 128 733 8 187

2009

5 133 511 1 135 367  650 160 347 8 304

2010 

5 616 428 1 375 349 1 050 135 467 9 419

2011 

5 860 453 1 417 363 900 145 585 9 723

Source: industry surveys, industry associations.

Notes:

1. Woodfuel reported here is derived from stemwood, and from 2007 include estimated roundwood use for biomass energy. The figures include estimates by the Expert Group on Timber and Trade Statistics, and from 2008 made use of woodfuel data reported in the Private Sector Softwood Removals Survey.

2. Includes shavings and poles. Quantities for some uses are estimates by the Expert Group on Timber and Trade Statistics.

3. Exports exclude Northern Ireland before 2004.

 

Figure 2.1 Deliveries of UK-grown softwood

Figure 2.1 Deliveries of United Kingdom softwood roundwood

Source: industry surveys, industry associations.

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