Research into hardwood timber supplies in UK construction

posted on November 9, 2015

Grown in BritainAs part of an Innovate UK-funded project, we are working with Grown in Britain, the Building Research Establishment (BRE), English Woodlands Timber and others in the timber supply chain on a project looking at hardwood timber supplies in UK construction.

Specifically we would like to gather information from processors, suppliers and customers, about what applications hardwood timber is specified for within the construction industry, and where known, what species are being specified/purchased. We would also like to know your thoughts generally on UK-grown hardwood.

The link below will take you to a very short survey that should take you no more than 5 minutes to complete:

If you know anyone else who would be able to answer these questions, please feel free to forward this to them.

Thank you in advance for your time; we appreciate your valuable input into this project.

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The British domestic firewood supply chain – report published

posted on October 11, 2013

A summary report of a survey undertaken during 2012 of the domestic firewood supply chain has been published.

Certain aspects of the British woodfuel sector have been the subject of much research recently but have tended to focus on woodchip and pellets. Firewood, in the form of logs, has been largely ignored. A survey, supported by Sylva, was undertaken by MSc placement student Daniel Kinash from Bangor University. Co-authors were James Walmsley, Lecturer in Forestry at the university, and Sylva’s Gabriel Hemery.


  • 336 actors in the supply chain responded during June/July 2012.
  • respondents were distributed across 69 British counties.
  • most respondents (147) were firewood merchants.
  • 97% of suppliers reported gradual or healthy growth in demand in the last five years.
  • the vast majority of respondents considered there being sufficient demand to increase sales volume – equivalent to 60% within the British domestic market, or 77,000 green tonnes per year.
  • barriers to improving supply included financial profitability and time (i.e. lack of efficiency).
  • the main barrier to sales was education of end users, where poor quality firewood drove down prices (i.e. lack of awareness by buyers of wet or green wood)
  • long-term supply contracts would provide confidence to suppliers to invest in machinery and infrastructure.
  • moving towards universal standards and improved clarity of terminology were seen as important but would require a nationwide strategy.

The Royal Forestry Society, publishers of the Quarterly Journal of Forestry, kindly provided permission for Sylva to include a pdf of the full article in our Forestry Horizons library. The article can also be downloaded directly here.

With special thanks to the Royal Forestry Society


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