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Forestry Statistics 2016 - UK-Grown Timber

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Softwood

Data for softwood fencing are obtained from the Survey of Round Fencing Manufacturers. Figures for other uses are reported by manufacturers or are estimated by representatives of the wood processing industries.

Around 1.6 million green tonnes of UK softwood were estimated to have been used directly for woodfuel (including biomass energy) in 2015, an increase of 7% from the previous year (Table 2.24). A further 298 thousand green tonnes of UK softwood were consumed by round fencing manufacturers and 164 thousand green tonnes for other uses in 2015.

Table 2.24 Miscellaneous uses of UK softwood roundwood, 2006-2015

Year

Fencing

Woodfuel1

Other2

     Total

thousand green tonnes

2006

274 100 114 488

2007

319 200 113 633

2008

359 300 128 787

2009

367 650 160  1 178

2010

349 900 135 1 384

2011 

363 900 145 1 408

2012

338 1 000 154 1 492

2013

332 1 250 191 1 773

2014

317 1 500 188 2 004

2015

298 1 600 164 2 062

Source: Survey of Round Fencing Manufacturers, industry associations.

Notes:

1. Woodfuel derived from stemwood. Includes estimates of roundwood use for biomass energy. The figures are estimated by the Expert Group on Timber and Trade Statistics, and from 2008 made use of woodfuel data reported in the Private Sector Softwood Removals Survey.

2. Includes shavings and poles. Quantities for some uses are estimates by the Expert Group on Timber and Trade Statistics.


Hardwood

An estimated 400 thousand green tonnes of UK hardwood were used for woodfuel (including biomass energy) in 2015. A further 30 thousand green tonnes were estimated to have been consumed by round fencing manufacturers and 25 thousand green tonnes for other uses, including exports.

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