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Forestry Statistics 2017 - UK-Grown Timber

Certification

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Respondents to surveys run by Forest Research were asked to report on volumes certified. 67% of private sector softwood removals in 2016 were from certified sources (Table 2.28). The percentage of private sector softwood removals that are certified has fluctuated over recent years; industry experts have indicated a general reduction in the level of certification amongst smaller estates and an increase in production from larger estates.

As nearly all removals from Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales and Forest Service woodland are certified, this equates to around 83% of all softwood removals in 2016 from certified sources.

80% of sawmills' roundwood consumption in 2016 was certified. For round fencing manufacturers, 70% of total softwood consumption was certified.

Table 2.28 Per cent of volume certified, 2007-2016

Year

Removals

Sawmills

Round fencing manufacturers

 

Softwood from Private sector woodland

Total softwood (including all removals from FC/NRW/FS woodland) 

Consumption (softwood and hardwood)

Consumption (softwood)

per cent certified volume

2007

74 88 77 54

2008

65 84 82 62

2009

 68 87 82 51

2010

73 87 83 62

2011

 72 85 80 61

2012

70 84 82 60

2013

76 87 83 55

2014

72 84 80 69

2015

69 83 80 71

2016

67 83 80 70

Source: industry surveys

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