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Core Industry Facts

The timber industry employs around 150,000 people in the UK and is worth £18billion to the UK economy each year.

 

Confor study highlights the economic benefits of forestry

In an independent  study commissioned by Confor and produced by SAC, forestry has been shown to have a significantly greater beneficial economic impact than upland sheep farming. Although the study was based on one forest plantation in Eskdalemuir, the findings highlight the importance of  forestry  to the rural economy and the need for a policy framework that encourages continued investment in softwood planting.

You can read the Confor report here

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UK timber statistics

The Forestry Commission has issued new statistics for the timber industry -

Forestry Statistics and Forestry Facts & Figures 

 

Highlights include:

UK softwood production 2015: 3.5 million m3 ,  down 200,000 m3 on 2014

The report also highlights the forecast shortfall in softwood supply after 2036

 

UK produced softwood accounted  for 36% of the total UK market in 2015, up from 28% in 2007 but down from 38% in 2014. This decline was caused largely by exchange rates making imported timber more price competitive with British timber. 

(Source: Timber Trade Federation)

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Why choose timber for construction?

More and more people are appreciating some of the benefits of using timber in construction 

  • Wood has the best thermal insulation properties of any mainstream construction material
  • Wood has the lowest embodied energy of any mainstream building material
  • 3 tonnes of CO2 can be saved by using timber frame from the 19 tonne CO2 footprint of a typical 3 bedroom detached house
  • Wood from sustainably managed forests can actually be better than carbon neutral 

(Source: The Timber Industry Manifesto produced by Wood for Good on behalf of the UK timber industry)

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Trees absorb COand timber stores it

Wood for Good has had some fascinating films produced which demonstrate how growing trees absorb CO2 and when the trees are harvested the resulting timber stores the carbon within the structure, so a typical 3 bed house stores around 19 tonnes of CO2.

 

Carbon Visual CO2 in 3 bed house

See the films here

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Interesting facts from the pallet industry

Total annual production 500 million pallets

Timber used 26 million m

Wooden pallets in circulation 2.6 billion

Market share of wooden pallets 95% 

Number of direct and indirect employees 380,000