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It is estimated that a total of 12.2 million green tonnes of roundwood was removed from UK woodlands in 2018.
Softwood accounted for most (93%) removals from UK woodland and totalled 11.4 million green tonnes in 2018 (Table 2.1). This represented a 4% increase on the previous year’s figure.
Hardwood removals totalled 0.8 million green tonnes in 2018.
Private sector woodlands accounted for 60% of softwood production and 90% of hardwood production in 2018.
|FE/FLS/NRW/FS1 woodland||Private sector2 woodland||Total softwood||FE/FLS/NRW/FS1 woodland||Private sector2 woodland||Total hardwood3,4|
|thousand green tonnes|
Source: Forestry England, Forestry and Land Scotland, Natural Resources Wales, Forest Service, industry surveys, industry associations.
1. FE: Forestry England, FLS: Forestry and Land Scotland, NRW: Natural Resources Wales, FS: Forest Service (Northern Ireland).
2. Private sector: removals from all other woodland (including some publicly owned woodland).
3. Most hardwood production in the UK comes from private sector woodland; the figures are estimates based on reported deliveries to wood processing industries and others.
4. The increase in hardwood removals between 2016 and 2017 is largely attributed to a revised estimate for deliveries of UK grown hardwood used for woodfuel (see Table 2.6). This new estimate should not be interpreted as an increase in a single year.
Longer time series of the above table, including estimates by country (England/ Wales/ Scotland/ Northern Ireland) are available from the Data downloads web page at: www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/statistics/data-downloads/.
Sources chapter: Wood production
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