E5: Percentage of the annual growth of trees in English woodlands that is harvested

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Short description

This indicator shows changes in the percentage of annual softwood and hardwood growth in England that is harvested annually. Separate statistics are available for softwood, hardwood, and both in total. This indicator helps us to better understand the levels of, and trends in, the economic productive utilisation of English timber resources as a part of sustainable forest management policies and practices. The underlying data sources are National Statistics from Forest Research on UK Wood Production and Trade and National Forest Inventory forecasts of increase (increment) in the volume of wood that grows in England.

Data are already published in the Forestry Commission’s annual Key Performance Indicators report.

Trend description

The percentage of softwood growth in England which is harvested has fluctuated between 67% and 92% over the 10 years for which these data are reported, reflecting sustained active management of softwood resources. The percentage of hardwood growth which is harvested has increased slightly, although it remains much lower (between 13% and 19% over the same 10-year period), reflecting a lower level of active management of broadleaved woodland for timber supplies.


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Indicator name

Percentage of the annual growth of trees in English woodlands that is harvested

Indicator reference


Outcome Indicator Framework theme

Natural Resources

Headline indicator status

Not applicable

Relevant goal(s) in the 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently
Relevant target(s) in the 25 Year Environment Plan
  • increasing timber supplies
Position in the natural capital framework
  • Service or benefit associated with natural capital asset
Related reporting commitments
  • The component statistics that make up this indicator are provided, at UK level, to Forest Europe for reporting to the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe and publication in the State of Europe’s Forests
Geographic scope


Status of indicator development


Date last updated

11 June 2021