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Forestry Statistics 2013 - UK-Grown Timber

Wood production

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The "UK 25-Year Forecast of Softwood Availability" was published in July 2012. It is a forecast of potential availability rather than production, as it does not take account of management objectives, financial factors or the state of markets, all of which will affect the level of and timing of harvesting. It assumes that:

  • private woodland is managed in a way that maximises total production.
  • the FC estate is managed according to current management plans; note both Forestry Commission Scotland and Forestry Commission Wales (now Natural Resources Wales) intend to cap production below the level set out in Table 2.4. 

More information on these scenarios and detailed breakdowns are available in the "UK 25-Year Forecast of Softwood Availability" report on the National Forest Inventory web pages at www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-89zffj

The forecast is outside the scope of National Statistics, but is provided here to give more context to the data on wood production.

Under the above scenarios, softwood availability for the UK averages 16.5 million cubic metres a year over the 25-year period 2012 to 2036 (Table 2.4). The majority (64%) of this softwood is projected to come from non-FC/FS woodland.

Table 2.4 Softwood availability forecasts

Annual average
in the five years

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

thousand cubic metres overbark standing

FC/FS

 

 

 

 

 

     2012 - 2016

1 305

958

3 749

579

6 592

     2017 - 2021

1 183

979

3 568

572

6 302

     2022 - 2026

1 110

893

3 417

529

5 949

     2027 - 2031

1 072

795

3 305

519

5 691

     2032 - 2036

985

927

2 930

458

5 299

Non-FC/FS

         

     2012 - 2016

2 184 793 4 614 26 7 617

     2017 - 2021

2 626 1 025 5 917 22 9 591

     2022 - 2026

2 450 1 008 7 796 25 11 280

     2027 - 2031

2 804 713 9 131 44 12 692

     2032 - 2036

2 637 791 8 213 44 11 685

Total softwood

         

     2012 - 2016

3 489 1 752 8 363 605 14 209

     2017 - 2021

3 810 2 004 9 485 594 15 892

     2022 - 2026

3 561 1 901 11 213 554 17 230

     2027 - 2031

3 877 1 507 12 436 563 18 384

     2032 - 2036

3 621 1 717 11 143 502 16 983

Source: UK 25-Year Forecast of Softwood Availability (Forestry Commission, 2012)

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

An interim forecast for hardwood is expected to be published by the beginning of 2014.

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