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
The Forestry Commission has issued new statistics for the timber industry -
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)
More and more people are appreciating some of the benefits of using timber in construction
(Source: The Timber Industry Manifesto produced by Wood for Good on behalf of the UK timber industry)
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.
See the films here
Total annual production 500 million pallets
Timber used 26 million m3
Wooden pallets in circulation 2.6 billion
Market share of wooden pallets 95%
Number of direct and indirect employees 380,000