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Consumption of softwood by mills in each country

Mills in Scotland consumed around one half (51%) of the 6.8 million green tonnes of softwood delivered to UK sawmills in 2017 (Table 2.12).  A further 31% was consumed by mills in England, 10% in Wales and 9% in Northern Ireland.

Table 2.12 Consumption of softwood by country, 2008-2017

Year England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland UK
thousand green tonnes     
2008 1533 599 2415 560 5107
2009 1548 538 2672 532 5291
2010 1694 583 2913 528 5719
2011 1726 634 3082 543 5984
2012 1821 654 3195 528 6198
2013 1879 702 3420 532 6532
2014 1982 711 3661 530 6884
2015 1917 655 3247 531 6350
2016 1984 737 3441 558 6720
2017 2095 691 3479 583 6848

Source: Sawmill Survey

Data: Longer time series of the above table, and for mills in England by region, are available from the Data downloads web page at www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/statistics/data-downloads/.

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Sources chapter: Sawmill Survey

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