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Source of softwood logs

Of all softwood sawlogs consumed by larger sawmills in 2018, 58% came from Scotland, 19% from England, 12% from Wales and 4% from Northern Ireland (Tables 2.16 and 2.16a).  The remaining 6% 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 2018 came from Scotland. The corresponding proportions of mills' log use coming from within the same country were 58% for England, 76% for Wales and 44% for Northern Ireland.

Table 2.16 Larger mills1, 2018: source of softwood logs.

Source England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland UK
thousand green tonnes     
England 981 44 99 0 1124
Wales 333 393 0 0 726
Scotland 368 83 2925 11 3386
Northern Ireland 0 0 0 260 260
Total UK logs 1682 520 3024 271 5496
Other countries 0 0 0 325 325
Total log consumption 1682 520 3024 596 5821

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 25 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

Table 2.16a Larger mills1, 2014-2018: source of softwood logs.

Year Source     Total
  England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland Other countries  
per cent of total softwood consumption      
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
2018 19 12 58 4 6 100

Source: Sawmill Survey (detailed)

Notes:

1. Sawmills producing at least 25 thousand m3 sawnwood (softwood and hardwood).

Additional resources

Sources chapter: Sawmill Survey

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