The timber industry
The timber industry is vital to the Scottish economy. Forestry and timber processing accounts for £285 million of Gross Value Added (GVA) every year – That’s even more than the fishing industry. It also provides more than 30,000 jobs across the wood production, forest management, haulage and processing sectors. Timber from Scotland’s national forests is used for house building, fencing, paper and bio-fuel.
We are major suppliers to the wood-panel, pulp and paper and saw-milling industries, as well as the emerging wood-energy markets. However, over one third of our production is sold on the open market.
Visit our eSales website if you would like to purchase timber including sawlogs, round fencing, small roundwood, firewood/woodfuel, hardwood and softwood):
Sustainability and certification
We want to ensure continued sustainable timber production from our forests. For every tree cut down, more are planted. Research is carried out to combat disease and select the most suitable species, while our foresters are introducing alternatives to clear-felling where possible. Forests are carefully managed to encourage the rich variety of wildlife that lives there – and to create a landscape that looks great too. Plus, our forests also help to combat climate change by locking up carbon.
All of our forests are independently certified as being responsibly managed. We are regularly audited against the United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Standard – the standard endorsed in the UK by the international Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC ®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
When you shop, look out for the FSC and PEFC logos: