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Forestry Statistics 2017 - 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 2016, a decrease of 3% from the previous year (Table 2.24). A further 278 thousand green tonnes of UK softwood were consumed by round fencing manufacturers and 178 thousand green tonnes for other uses in 2016.

Table 2.24 Miscellaneous uses of UK softwood roundwood, 2007-2016

Year

Fencing

Woodfuel1

Other2

     Total

thousand green tonnes

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 1 500 176 1 992

2015

288 1 600 164 2 052

2016

278 1 550 178 2 006

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 2016. A further 30 thousand green tonnes were estimated to have been consumed by round fencing manufacturers and 92 thousand green tonnes for other uses, including exports.

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