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This publication provides estimates of sales of improved nursery stock by nurseries in Great Britain each planting year (October to September). The data cover sales of Sitka spruce and Scots pine to public and private sector clients in Scotland. Sales of these species in Great Britain are also reported.

The data in this release have been obtained from a voluntary survey of nursery businesses in Great Britain, run on behalf of Scottish Forestry, to monitor the level of improved nursery stock.

“Improved nursery stock” refers to genetically improved Sitka spruce and Scots pine stock raised from seed of seed orchard origin and by vegetative propagation of parent material derived from controlled crosses. These trees are predicted to grow faster and produce better timber than unimproved stock.

Key findings

  • A total of 46.4 million plants (91%) derived from improved nursery stock were sold to Scotland in 2021/22.
  • Of all sales in Great Britain in 2021/22, 56.2 million plants (92%) were derived from improved nursery stock, a decrease of 20% (or 11.4 million plants) compared with the previous year. This decrease represents a return to sales seen in earlier years, particularly since 2016/17.


Coverage: Great Britain

Geographical breakdown: Scotland

Statistician: Simon Maxwell

Enquiries: Francisco Gonzalez

Tel: 0300 067 5238



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