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Annual Timber Industry Surveys

Each year the Forestry Commission, with the support of the Expert Group on Timber and Trade Statistics, conducts the following surveys to collect data on the UK timber industry:

  • Private Sector Softwood Removals Survey
  • Sawmill Survey
  • Survey of Round Fencing Manufacturers

The information from these surveys, together with data collected from other sources (e.g. trade associations), is then used to produce statistics to monitor the state of the timber industry and the balance between supply and demand. 

Requests for 2016 data have recently been issued.  You can submit your data online or get further information at


We produce statistics on a wide range of topics related to forestry.

Our main statistics are published annually in Forestry Statistics and summarised in Forestry Facts and Figures.

We comply with the UK Statistics Authority's Code of Practice for Official Statistics, statistical survey control, statistical reviews and our annual workplan.

The National Forest Inventory (NFI) is a continuous survey of woodland in GB, comprising a woodland map and a field survey, conducted on a five-year cycle. 

Economic research


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Recent reports

Woodfuel Demand and Usage in Scotland 2016  Published 1 March 2017

Forestry Commission England Corporate Plan Performance Indicators: Headline Performance Indicators Update at 30 December 2016 Published 15th February 2017

European Forest Accounts: UK 2014 data Published 26 January 2017

Woodland Carbon Code Statistics: data to December 2016  Published 19 January 2017

Timber Price Indices: data to September 2016  Published 10 November 2016

Woodland Carbon Code Statistics: data to September 2016  Published 13 October 2016

Joint Forest Sector Questionnaire: Final 2015 data  Published 6 October 2016

Timber Forecast Questionnaire 2016: UK forecasts  Published 6 October 2016

Forestry Statistics 2016 and Forestry Facts and Figures 2016  Published 22 September 2016

Nursery Survey: 2016 Edition  Published 1 September 2016

NFI provisional estimates of presence and extent of rhododendron in British woodlands Published 18 August 2016

Forestry Commission England Corporate Plan Performance Indicators: Headline Performance Indicators Update at 30 June 2016 Published 17 August 2016

National Forest Inventory: Preliminary estimates of change in canopy cover in British woodlands between 2006 and 2015 Published 12 August 2016





Last updated: 1st March 2017