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Origin of private sector softwood removals

It is estimated that 71% of all softwood removals from private sector woodlands were harvested in Scotland, 17% in England, 11% in Wales and the remainder in Northern Ireland in 2016 (Table 2.2).

Despite reductions in the level of private sector softwood removals since 2014 in most countries, there have been overall increases for all countries in the last 10 years.

Table 2.2 Private sector softwood removals by country, 2007-2016

Year England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland UK
thousand green tonnes     
2007 612 382 3059 29 4083
2008 638 333 2827 25 3823
2009 533 321 2388 24 3266
2010 678 427 3471 57 4633
2011 738 501 3894 53 5186
2012 847 611 3784 40 5282
2013 929 695 4234 23 5881
2014 1165 739 4691 33 6628
2015 1052 686 4203 28 5968
2016 992 643 4046 34 5716

Source: Private Sector Softwood Removals Survey

Data: Longer time series of the above table, including estimates for hardwood removals and for removals from FC/NRW/FS woodlands are available from the Data Downloads web page.

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