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Annual Surveys of the UK Timber Industry


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. These statistics have a range of uses, including:

  • providing information about the economy;
  • informing policy and programme development;
  • informing policy and programme evaluation & monitoring;
  • promoting the benefits of forestry.

In addition, the statistics contribute to international statistics on wood production and trade.

Results from these surveys are published annually in:

Forestry Statistics also includes further information on our surveys (see the Sources chapter). 

More information on the sawmill survey questionnaire can be found here, and on the fencing survey questionnaire here.

Information for businesses participating in our surveys

Requests for 2016 data are being issued in the week commencing 23 January 2017. Please retain the reference number provided in your request to enable you to complete the survey online. If you have lost your reference number, please contact us (see below), or include your contact details at the end of the online survey.

By completing the questionnaire, you will help ensure that these statistics are accurate and of maximum value to the industry and to your business.

All data provided will be treated in the strictest confidence and will be aggregated with data from other businesses so that it will not be possible to identify an individual business in any publication or other report. The data will not be used for any purposes other than the publication of statistics.

Completing the surveys online

To complete the surveys online, simply click on the relevant link from the list below, then enter your reference number and other data, as required. If you wish to print a copy of your completed questionnaire, please do so before clicking on the submit button to send us the form.

We would welcome any comments on the web-based questionnaires for these surveys, and you can use the comments box at the foot of the questionnaire. This will help us to improve the forms for the future. You can also use the comments box to provide any further explanation of the figures you have supplied.

If you have any queries on the surveys, please contact us:

Last updated: 14th June 2017