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Forestry Statistics 2016 - UK-Grown Timber

Wood production

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It is estimated that a total of 11.3 million green tonnes of roundwood was removed from UK woodlands in 2015. This represented a 6% decrease from the 2014 figure of 12.0 million green tonnes.

Softwood accounted for most (95%) removals from UK woodland and totalled 10.8 million green tonnes in 2015 (Table 2.1). This represented a 6% decrease on the previous year’s figure. Hardwood removals totalled 0.5 million green tonnes in 2015, a 1% decrease from 2014.

Private sector woodlands accounted for 57% of softwood production and 87% of hardwood production.

Table 2.1 Wood production, 2006-2015

Year

Softwood

Hardwood3

 

FC/NRW/FS1
woodland

Private sector2
woodland

Total
softwood

FC/NRW/FS1
woodland

Private sector2
woodland

Total
hardwood

thousand green tonnes

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

5 852

10 936

78

451

529

2014

4 900

6 531

11 431

71

461

532

2015

4 746

6 028

10 774

74

454

528

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 Data Downloads webpage.

 

Within the 10.8 million green tonnes of softwood removed from UK woodlands in 2015, approximately 860 thousand green tonnes were removed as required by plant health legislation. This comprised around 720 thousand green tonnes from FC/NRW/FS woodland and around 140 thousand green tonnes from private sector woodland. The total of around 860 thousand green tonnes represents a 5% increase from the 2014 estimate of approximately 820 thousand green tonnes.

Softwood removals required by plant health legislation 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.

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

 

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