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The Private Sector Softwood Removals Survey is an annual survey conducted by the Forestry Commission (in association with the Forest Service) of a sample of harvesting companies in the UK. Results from the survey are published in statistical releases produced by the Forestry Commission and are used by a range of others.

More information on the survey can be found in the following documents:

Private sector softwood removals survey quality report – relevance, accuracy, timeliness and punctuality, accessibility and clarity, comparability, coherence and revisions.

Survey review: Private sector softwood removals survey – 2015 in-depth review: findings and action plan

Methodology note: Removals survey – documentation on the methods and processes involved in the data collection, and the editing and imputation performed on the survey.

Methodology review of softwood removals from non-FC/FS woodland – 2011-12 review of the methodology used to estimate the quantity of UK private sector softwood removals: findings and resulting methodology change.

Private sector softwood removals survey questionnaire – recent changes to the questionnaire and purpose of each question included in the survey.

Background information, historical response rates and further information on the survey are available in the latest edition of Forestry Statistics.

Copies of the questionnaires sent to businesses in recent years can be found below:

2018; 2017; 2016 ; 2015; 2014;


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