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Source of softwood logs

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 1126
Wales 331 450 0 0 781
Scotland 282 94 2960 47 3382
Northern Ireland 0 0 0 259 259
Total UK logs 1591 581 3071 306 5549
Other countries 0 0 0 209 209
Total log consumption 1591 581 3071 515 5759

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 25 thousand m3sawnwood (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 m3sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

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