Forestry Statistics 2012 - UK-Grown Timber

Wood production

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It is estimated that a total of 10.4 million green tonnes of roundwood was removed from UK woodlands in 2011. This represented a 6% increase from the 2010 figure of 9.8 million green tonnes.

Softwood accounted for most (95%) removals from UK woodland and totalled 9.9 million green tonnes in 2011 (Table 2.1). This represented a 7% increase on the previous year’s figure. Hardwood removals totalled 0.5 million green tonnes in 2011, a 1% increase from 2010.

FC/FS woodlands accounted for 49% of softwood production but only 14% of hardwood production.

Table 2.1 Wood production, 2002-2011

Year

Softwood

Hardwood1

 

FC/FS
woodland

Non-FC/FS
woodland

Total
softwood

FC/FS
woodland

Non-FC/FS
woodland

Total
hardwood

thousand green tonnes

2002

4 650

2 793

7 443

118

502

620

2003

4 817

3 091

7 907

117

445

562

2004

4 894

3 246

8 141

113

399

513

2005

4 579

3 499

8 077

101

492

593

2006

4 582

3 661

8 243

45

392

438

2007

4 653

4 083

8 736

40

400

440

2008

4 415

3 823

8 238

43

388

431

2009

5 126

3 266

8 392

87

449

536

2010

4 625

4 648

9 274

70

465

535

2011

4 870

5 035

9 905

75

465

541

Source: Forestry Commission, Forest Service, industry surveys, industry associations.

Notes:

1. Most hardwood production in the UK comes from non-FC/FS woodland; the figures are estimates based on reported deliveries to wood processing industries and others.

Data: Longer time series of the above table, including estimates by country (England/Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland) are available from the Timber Statistics web page.

 

 

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