We use some essential cookies to make this website work.
We’d like to set additional cookies to understand how you use forestresearch.gov.uk, remember your settings and improve our services.
Preparing to search
Timber has traditionally been a far more significant component of the rural economy than it is now. The critical determining factor in the economic return for woodland management is the quality of material coming out of the woodland. Unfortunately, due to low timber prices, many woodlands have been left unmanaged, this has reduced the quality of timber available, which in turn has reduced the timber value, and so on.
The advantage of producing fuel from forestry material is that it is not dependant on timber quality. This has the potential to provide a market for material from forestry thinning and other trees with either low diameter or poor form. Thinning is an essential tool in effective woodland management to produce higher grade timber for premium markets. A growing market for poor quality timber could allow the forestry industry to manage a much greater area of woodland; this would increase the number of rural jobs in addition to developing the environmental and social benefits associated with woodland management.
Forestry and timber businesses already make a significant contribution to UK productivity
The UK’s forestry and timber businesses represented 0.5% of GVA in 2008, or £6.4 billion (according to the Office for National Statistics 2009 Annual Business Inquiry), and employing 155,000 people.
Looking at specific sectors:
When indirect contributions to the economy are taken into consideration, forestry and primary processing businesses employed 560,000 workers and made a £19.3 billion contribution to GVA according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research and the woodfuel industry alone is expected to create an additional 15,000 jobs by 2020 (up from 5,500 jobs in 2008) and add £1.24 billion of GVA to the UK economy. There are significant further economic benefits derived from the wider forest industries, e.g. forest related tourism. For example, in 2008 the total employment due to, and direct spending from, woodland tourism and recreation in Scotland is estimated to be around 17,900 FTE jobs and £209m.
Cookies are files saved on your phone, tablet or computer when you visit a website.
Find out more about cookies on forestresearch.gov.uk
We use 3 types of cookie. You can choose which cookies you're happy for us to use.
These essential cookies do things like remember your progress through a form. They always need to be on.
We use Google Analytics to measure how you use the website so we can improve it based on user needs. Google Analytics sets cookies that store anonymised information about: how you got to the site the pages you visit on forestresearch.gov.uk and how long you spend on each page what you click on while you're visiting the site
Some forestresearch.gov.uk pages may contain content from other sites, like YouTube or Flickr, which may set their own cookies. These sites are sometimes called ‘third party’ services. This tells us how many people are seeing the content and whether it’s useful.