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Forestry Statistics 2014 - UK-Grown Timber

Wood production

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It is estimated that a total of 11.5 million green tonnes of roundwood was removed from UK woodlands in 2013. This represented an 8% increase from the 2012 figure of 10.6 million green tonnes.

Softwood accounted for most (95%) removals from UK woodland and totalled 10.9 million green tonnes in 2013 (Table 2.1). This represented an 8% increase on the previous year’s figure. Hardwood removals totalled 0.5 million green tonnes in 2013, a 1% decrease from 2012.

FC/NRW/FS woodlands accounted for 46% of softwood production but only 15% of hardwood production.

Table 2.1 Wood production, 2004-2013

Year

Softwood

Hardwood3

 

FC/NRW/FS1
woodland

Private sector2
woodland

Total
softwood

FC/NRW/FS1
woodland

Private sector2
woodland

Total
hardwood

thousand green tonnes

 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

4 633

9 258

70

465

535

2011

4 870

5 186

10 056

75

465

541

2012

4 836

5 259

10 095

55

478

532

2013

5 084

5 856

10 940

79

451

529

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, Forest Service, industry surveys, industry associations.

Notes:

1. FC: Forestry Commission (England, Scotland, and until March 2013, Wales), NRW: Natural Resources Wales (from April 2013), FS: Forest Service (Northern Ireland).

2. Private sector: removals from all other woodland (including some publicly owned woodland). 

3. Most hardwood production in the UK comes from private sector 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.

 

Within the 11.5 million green tonnes of softwood removed from UK woodlands in 2013, approximately 350 thousand green tonnes were removed under a movement license, as required by a Statutory Plant Health Notice. This comprised around 250 thousand green tonnes from FC/NRW/FS woodland and around 100 thousand green tonnes from private sector woodland.

Softwood removals under a movement license are expected to consist mainly of Japanese larch that is suspected of being infected by Phytophthora ramorum. However a small volume of species other than larch is likely to be included in these figures.

While movement licenses have been issued for several years, 2013 is the first year for which the associated removals data has been collected and published. 

Statistics on the number of sites where a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served in the UK over the last 4 years, and the area required to be felled under these Notices, can be found in the Statutory Plant Health Notices section of Chapter 1 by following the link below.

 

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