Forestry Statistics 2012 - UK-Grown Timber

Sawmills - All Mills

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In 2011, sawmills in the UK consumed a total of 6.0 million green tonnes of softwood, a 5% increase from 2010 (Table 2.7). A further 0.1 million green tonnes of hardwood were consumed by UK sawmills in 2011. Most of the logs, 5.9 million green tonnes softwood and 0.1 million green tonnes hardwood, were UK-grown.

A total of 3.3 million cubic metres of sawnwood was produced in the UK in 2011, a 6% increase from 2010.

2008 saw a significant drop in roundwood consumption and sawnwood production (as well as in sawnwood imports, see Table 3.4), followed by a progressive recovery in the following three years. As of 2011, consumption and production both exceeded their 2007 levels.

In addition to producing sawnwood, sawmills also generate other products. Further information on other products produced by larger mills are provided in Tables 2.18 and 2.18a. 

Table 2.7 Consumption and production by UK sawmills, 2002-2011

Year

Softwood

Hardwood

consumption: thousand green tonnes, production: thousand m3 sawnwood

 

Consumption of

Production

Consumption of

Production

 

UK- grown

Imported

 Total

 

UK- grown

Imported

 Total

 

2002

4 677 235 4 912 2 619 162 18 180 91

2003

4 812 225 5 037 2 669 138 18 157 81

2004

4 953 226 5 178 2 722 92 28 120 60

2005

4 924 272 5 196 2 727 72 34 106 53

2006

5 210 266 5 476 2 859 64 22 85 45

2007

5 565 263 5 828 3 079 66 19 85 44

2008

4 933 174 5 107 2 755 66 20 86 44

2009 

5 133 158 5 291 2 809 76 19 95 48

2010

5 616 103 5 719 3 053 75 19 94 48

2011

5 860 125 5 985 3 227 81 20 100 52

Source: Sawmill Survey

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