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
The National Forest Inventory “50-year forecast of softwood availability” and “50-year forecast of hardwood availability” were published in April 2014. They are forecasts of potential availability rather than production, as they do not take account of management objectives, financial factors or the state of markets, all of which will affect the level of and timing of harvesting.
More information on the forecasts and detailed breakdowns are available on the National Forest Inventory web pages at www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/national-forest-inventory/
The forecasts are outside the scope of National Statistics, but are provided here to give more context to the data on wood production.
As these forecasts were produced in 2014, they do not take into account any of the findings from the ‘preliminary estimates of the changes in canopy cover in British woodlands between 2006 and 2015’, released in August 2016.
The key assumptions underpinning the headline softwood forecast scenario include:
Under the above scenario, softwood availability for Great Britain averages 15.2 million cubic metres a year over the 50-year period 2013 to 2061 (Table 2.4a). The majority (66%) of this softwood is projected to come from private sector woodland.
Table 2.4a Softwood availability forecasts
|Annual average in the period||England||Wales||Scotland||GB|
|thousand cubic metres overbark standing|
|2013 – 2016||1632||1082||4220||6933|
|2017 – 2021||1330||991||3658||5980|
|2022 – 2026||1211||895||3516||5622|
|2027 – 2031||1159||778||3789||5726|
|2032 – 2036||1066||934||3215||5216|
|2037 – 2041||1013||794||2936||4744|
|2042 – 2046||1055||531||2730||4316|
|2047 – 2051||1014||585||3280||4879|
|2052 – 2056||828||495||2886||4209|
|2057 – 2061||1250||679||2339||4269|
|2013 – 2016||2945||901||5708||9554|
|2017 – 2021||3225||949||6997||11171|
|2022 – 2026||2903||1087||7830||11820|
|2027 – 2031||2986||775||8910||12671|
|2032 – 2036||2850||736||8847||12433|
|2037 – 2041||2224||679||8133||11035|
|2042 – 2046||1848||490||6527||8865|
|2047 – 2051||1523||521||4986||7030|
|2052 – 2056||1431||734||5679||7845|
|2057 – 2061||1603||694||5627||7924|
|2013 – 2016||4577||1983||9928||16487|
|2017 – 2021||4555||1940||10656||17151|
|2022 – 2026||4113||1982||11346||17442|
|2027 – 2031||4145||1553||12700||18398|
|2032 – 2036||3916||1670||12062||17649|
|2037 – 2041||3237||1473||11069||15779|
|2042 – 2046||2903||1021||9257||13181|
|2047 – 2051||2537||1106||8266||11909|
|2052 – 2056||2259||1229||8566||12054|
|2057 – 2061||2853||1373||7966||12193|
Source: National Forest Inventory: 50-year forecast of softwood availability (Forestry Commission, April 2014)3
1. The estate of the Forestry Commission and Natural Resources Wales is assumed to be managed according to current management plans; note both Forestry Commission Scotland and Natural Resources Wales intend to cap production below the level set out in Table 2.4a.
2. Private woodland is assumed to be managed in a way that maximises total production.
3. More recent softwood availability forecasts, covering a 25 year period only, are available from the NFI web pages at www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/national-forest-inventory/how-our-woodlands-might-change-over-time-8211-nfi-forecast-reports/.
These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics
Cookies are files saved on your phone, tablet or computer when you visit a website.
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.