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Forestry Statistics 2014 - UK-Grown Timber

Wood production

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The key assumptions underpinning the headline hardwood forecast scenario include:

  • In private woodland, harvesting is limited to areas with evidence of recent thinning activity.
  • The estate of the Forestry Commission and Natural Resources Wales is managed according to current management plans.

Under the above scenario, hardwood availability for Great Britain averages 1.6 million cubic metres a year over the 50-year period (Table 2.4b). The majority (89%) of this hardwood is projected to come from private sector woodland. If these woodlands were managed to maximise total production, the forecast would be much higher, as illustrated in the full National Forest Inventory report available at www.forestry.gov.uk/inventory.

Table 2.4b Hardwood availability forecasts

Annual average
in the period

England

  Wales

Scotland

        GB

thousand cubic metres overbark standing

FC/NRW

 

 

 

 

     2013 - 2016

126

12

9

147

     2017 - 2021

92

11

9

111

     2022 - 2026

110

17

10

137

     2027 - 2031

86

12

10

108

     2032 - 2036

99

14

15

128

     2037 - 2041

129

19

24

172

     2042 - 2046 

189

56

31

276

     2047 - 2051

116

19

40

175

     2052 - 2056

134

28

45

208

     2057 - 2061

146

28

64

237

 

 

 

 

 

Private sector

       

     2013 - 2016

122 20 83 225

     2017 - 2021

333 46 139 519

     2022 - 2026

538 77 193 808

     2027 - 2031

720 100 233 1 054

     2032 - 2036

825 115 262 1 202

     2037 - 2041

1 047 153 367 1 567

     2042 - 2046

1 915 243 586 2 743

     2047 - 2051

1 678 227 675 2 580

     2052 - 2056

1 254 198 554 2 006

     2057 - 2061

645 139 343 1 127

Total hardwood

       

     2013 - 2016

249 32 92 373

     2017 - 2021

425 58 148 631

     2022 - 2026

648 94 203 945

     2027 - 2031

806 112 244 1 162

     2032 - 2036

923 130 277 1 330

     2037 - 2041

1 176 171 391 1 738

     2042 - 2046

2 104 299 616 3 019

     2047 - 2051

1 795 246 715 2 755

     2052 - 2056

1 388 227 599 2 214

     2057 - 2061

791 167 406 1 364

Source: National Forest Inventory: 50-year forecast of hardwood availability (Forestry Commission, April 2014)

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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