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Around half Scotland's timber comes from the national forest estate and half through the private sector, totalling 6 million m3 of timber per year.

Production could increase to around 10 million m3 of timber per year over the next 10 to 15 years, with most of the additional volume coming from the private sector.

The Scottish forestry and timber industry already produces a wide range of valuable products. High quality logwood goes to sawmills and timber processors for use in the building trade and furniture supply.

However, there is the capacity to produce woodfuel from a wide range of forestry material which is not suitable for other markets, such as timber harvesting by-products and thinnings. There are other benefits to the process of wood fuel harvesting:

  • Improvement in the quality of existing timber resources through thinning and maintenance
  • Support for other management objectives, e.g. biodiversity and access/recreation
  • Encouragement of new woodland creation.

The Confederation of Forest Industries (ConFor) is the main industry body for private sector forestry. ConFor's remit covers all parts of the industry supply chain, from timber growers, through to harvesters, sawmills and other processors.