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Source of softwood logs

Of all softwood sawlogs consumed by larger sawmills in 2017, 57% came from Scotland, 20% from England, 14% from Wales and 4% from Northern Ireland (Tables 2.16 and 2.16a). The remaining 5% 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 2017 came from Scotland. The corresponding proportions of mills' log use coming from within the same country were 61% for England, 81% for Wales and 47% for Northern Ireland.

Table 2.16 Larger mills1, 2017: source of softwood logs.

Source England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland UK
thousand green tonnes     
England 1053 30 98 0 1181
Wales 340 448 0 0 788
Scotland 330 76 2898 19 3323
Northern Ireland 0 0 0 255 255
Total UK logs 1723 554 2995 274 5547
Other countries 0 0 0 267 267
Total log consumption 1723 554 2995 541 5813

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 25 thousand cubic metres of sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

      

Table 2.16a Larger mills1, 2013-2017: source of softwood logs.

Year Source     Total
  England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland Other countries  
per cent of total softwood consumption      
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
2017 20 14 57 4 5 100

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 25 thousand cubic metres of sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

Additional resources

Sources chapter: Sawmill Survey

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