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Forestry Statistics 2014 - UK-Grown Timber

Certification

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Respondents to Forestry Commission surveys were asked to report on volumes certified. 78% of private sector softwood removals in 2013 were from certified sources, the highest percentage to date (Table 2.28). The percentage of private sector softwood removals that are certified has fluctuated over recent years, reflecting a general reduction in the level of certification amongst smaller estates and an increase in production from larger estates.

As nearly all removals from Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales and Forest Service woodland are certified, this equates to around 88% of all softwood removals in 2013 from certified sources. 

83% of sawmills' roundwood consumption in 2013 was certified. For round fencing manufacturers, 55% of total softwood consumption was certified.

Table 2.28 Per cent of volume certified, 2004-2013

Year

Removals1 

Sawmills

Round fencing manufacturers

 

Softwood from Private sector woodland

Total softwood removals 

Consumption (softwood and hardwood)

Consumption (softwood)

per cent certified volume

2004

73

89

80

58

2005

69

87

76

53

2006

67 86 81 46

2007

74 88 78 54

2008

65 84 82 62

2009 

 68 87 83 51

2010 

73 87 83 62

2011 

 72 85 80 61

2012

70 84 82 60

2013

78 88 83 55

Source: industry surveys

Notes:

1. For nearly all removals from FC/NRW/FS woodland, the source is certified.

Links to Forestry Statistics 2014