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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, 16% in England, 13% in Wales and the remainder in Northern Ireland in 2017 (Table 2.2).

There has been an overall increase in the level of UK private sector softwood removals in the last decade.

Table 2.2 Private sector softwood removals by country, 2008-2017

Year England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland UK
thousand green tonnes     
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 3761 40 5259
2013 929 695 4205 23 5852
2014 1165 739 4691 33 6627
2015 1052 686 4203 28 5968
2016 1013 643 4043 34 5734
2017 961 783 4272 36 6053

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 at: www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/statistics/data-downloads/.

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Sources chapter: Private Sector Softwood Removals Survey

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