Developing the small scale wood processing sector
We work with partners to promote the range, quality and use of Scottish grown hardwoods and niche softwoods as well as provide guidance and resources to help develop this sector.
A Harvesting and Processing grant is available to support the purchase of new equipment to increase the management, harvesting and processing of timber from small, undermanaged and farm woodlands.
In Scotland the timber processing sector largely consists of small-scale static and mobile sawmillers, many of which are involved with making flooring, cladding and furniture.
The Association of Scottish Hardwood Sawmillers and their journal The Full Circle are useful references for this sector. The association’s Guide to Sawmilling also has useful pointers for setting up and running a sawmill.
Sales on the National Forest Estate
A great guide to UK hardwood timber which details the different species and quality available from our sawn hardwood timber. It also gives information on timber measurements and highlights the special features of homegrown hardwoods often difficult to obtain from imports.
Forest Research's guide on small and mini-scale forest machinery will help you select the safest machinery for your needs. The team is currently working on a guide for safe selection and use of small scale timber trailers.
Forest Research's guide to growing birch in Scotland for higher quality timber. They have been commissioned to develop similar guides on growing oak and sycamore in Scotland for quality timber.
Forest Research's report on shake in oak (Forestry Commission Research Information Note No. 218) provides recommendations on tackling shake, assessing a range of evidence on the issue.