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Forestry Statistics 2017 - UK-Grown Timber

Sawmills - Larger Mills

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Of all softwood sawlogs consumed by larger sawmills in 2016, 59% came from Scotland, 20% from England, 14% from Wales and 5% from Northern Ireland (Tables 2.16 and 2.16a). The remaining 4% were imported from other countries. This was similar to the breakdown by source in previous years.

96% of softwood sawlogs used by Scottish mills in 2016 came from Scotland. The corresponding proportions of mills' log use coming from within the same country were 61% for England, 77% for Wales and 50% for Northern Ireland.

Table 2.16 Larger mills1, 2016: source of softwood logs

Source

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

thousand green tonnes

England

978

37

112

0

1 126

Wales

331

450

0

0

781

Scotland

282

94

2 960

47

3 382

Northern Ireland

0

0

0

259

259

Total UK logs

1 591

581

3 071

306

5 549

Other countries

0 0 0 209 209

Total log consumption

1 591

581

3 071

515

5 759

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 25 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

Table 2.16a Larger mills1, 2012-2016: source of softwood logs

Year

Source

Total

 

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

Other
countries

 

per cent of total softwood consumption

2012

20

13

59

5

2

100

2013

20

13

59

5

2

100

2014

20

 13

60

4

3

100

2015

19

13

60

4

3

100

2016

20

14

59

5

4

100

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 25 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

 

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