Forestry report highlights room for growth

A GB-wide forestry report could provide the stimulus for companies to look more closely at Scottish investment opportunities in the wood using sector.

The report, commissioned by leading forest industry groups and the Forestry Commission, has identified that there is a potential additional supply of wood fibre above what the industry is anticipating to use.

This highlights the opportunity for the £1 billion forestry sector to grow further over the next decade.

If the estimates become a reality, there could be as much as an extra 2 million tonnes of wood fibre available in the period to 2035, creating more confidence in investment opportunities.

However, the report does signal that this increase will decline after 2035 and work will be needed to prepare for this eventuality.

Welcoming the report, Fergus Ewing, Rural Economy Secretary said: 

“This is great news for Scotland, as it offers opportunities for further investment and growth across our £1 billion forest success story.  

“The Scottish Government will continue to work closely with the forest sector to maximise economic output and jobs supported by our nation’s forest resource.

“It is welcome news, especially on the back of the uncertainties caused by the EU Referendum - it shows that we are very much open for business.

“Forestry is a long term business and I am already taking actions to drive forward measures to secure future timber supplies."

The report is available on the Confor website.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.