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Forestry Statistics 2013 - UK-Grown Timber

Wood production

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It is estimated that a total of 10.6 million green tonnes of roundwood was removed from UK woodlands in 2012. This represented a 1% increase from the 2011 figure of 10.5 million green tonnes.

Softwood accounted for most (95%) removals from UK woodland and totalled 10.1 million green tonnes in 2012 (Table 2.1). This represented a 1% increase on the previous year’s figure. Hardwood removals totalled 0.5 million green tonnes in 2011, a 2% decrease from 2011.

FC/FS woodlands accounted for 48% of softwood production but only 10% of hardwood production.

Table 2.1 Wood production, 2003-2012

Year

Softwood

Hardwood1

 

FC/FS
woodland

Non-FC/FS
woodland

Total
softwood

FC/FS
woodland

Non-FC/FS
woodland

Total
hardwood

thousand green tonnes

 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

4 598

9 224

70

465

535

2011

4 870

5 129

9 999

75

465

541

2012

4 836

5 248

10 084

55

478

532

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/Wales/Scotland/Northern Ireland) are available from the Timber Statistics web page.

  

In addition, an estimated 40 thousand green tonnes of brash (mostly softwood) were removed from UK woodlands in 2012.

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