This indicator shows changes in the volume of commercial timber brought to market from woodlands in England by Forestry England from the nation’s forests, and by other owners of woodland. It is a measure of the level of active management of woodland assets for economic productive purposes. The data are National Statistics from Forest Research on UK Wood Production and Trade.
Readiness and links to data
Data on the volume of timber brought to market from English sources are published annually in the Forestry Commission’s Key Performance Indicators Reports.
Figure E6: Volume of timber brought to market from English sources, 2010 to 2021
Table E6: Volume of timber brought to market from English sources, 2010 to 2021
|Year||Softwood and hardwood removals from English sources other than the nation's forests||Softwood and hardwood removals from the nation's forests managed by Forestry England|
Trend description for E6
The total annual volume of softwood and hardwood timber brought to market in England has increased from 2.3 million green tonnes in 2010 to 2.6 million green tonnes in 2021. Total removals from the nation’s forests managed by Forestry England have fallen by 20% over this period, whereas removals from other English sources have increased by 48%.
Assessment of change
A decrease (deterioration) was observed for the total volume of timber brought to market per annum from English sources (softwood and hardwood combined) over the short-term and medium-term assessment periods. The time series is not yet sufficient to make an assessment over the long term.
Change since 2018 has also been assessed. There has been a decrease (deterioration) in percentage of the annual growth harvested since 2018. However, this is based on only 4 data points so should be considered as indicative and not evidence of a clear trend.
Further information on this assessment, along with details on the methodology, is provided in the Assessment background page. Summaries by 25 Year Environment Plan goal and information on indicator links are presented in the Assessment results pages.
Table E6: Assessment of change
|Component||Subcomponent||Period||Date range||Percentage change||Smoothing function||Assessment of change|
|E6||Softwood and hardwood removals from all English sources||Short term||2016 to 2021||-4.14||Unsmoothed||Deterioration|
|E6||Softwood and hardwood removals from all English sources||Medium term||2011 to 2021||7.22||Unsmoothed||Improvement|
|E6||Softwood and hardwood removals from all English sources||Long term||N/A||N/A||N/A||Not assessed|
Note that percentage change in Table E6 refers to the difference seen from the first to last year in the specified date range.