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Source of softwood logs

Of all softwood sawlogs consumed by larger sawmills in 2015, 58% came from Scotland, 21% from England, 14% from Wales and 4% from Northern Ireland (Tables 2.16 and 2.16a). The remaining 3% were imported from other countries. This was similar to the breakdown by source in previous years.

97% of softwood sawlogs used by Scottish mills in 2015 came from Scotland. The corresponding proportions of mills’ log use coming from within the same country were 65% for England, 80% for Wales and 51% for Northern Ireland.

Table 2.16 Larger mills1, 2015: source of softwood logs
Source England Wales Scotland Northern
Ireland
UK
thousand green tonnes
England 1 108 46 86 0 1 240
Wales 320 490 0 0 810
Scotland 281 80 3 029 69 3 459
Northern Ireland 0 0 0 263 263
Total UK logs 1 709 616 3 115 332 5 772
Other countries 0 0 0 182 182
Total log consumption 1 709 616 3 115 514 5 954

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 10 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

Table 2.16a Larger mills1, 2011-2015: source of softwood logs
Year Source Total
England Wales Scotland Northern
Ireland
Other
countries
per cent of total softwood consumption
2011 21 13 59 5 2 100
2012 22 13 57 5 2 100
2013 22 13 58 5 2 100
2014 22 13 58 4 2 100
2015 21 14 58 4 3 100

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 10 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

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