Specifying British-grown timbers

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Ever since the Government requested the advice of an Independent Panel on Forestry, British-grown timbers have been a hot topic in the industry, yet many people remain unaware of just how much of their timber is sourced from British forests.


With one-third of the total sawn timber and almost two-thirds of the total particleboard consumption in Britain sourced from British-grown timber, the specification of British-grown timbers is of great importance.


The purpose of this Wood Information Sheet is to summarise the characteristics and the current and potential uses of timber grown in Britain.


This WIS also contains a detailed set of species data sheets of a number of Britain's timbers including oak, ash and Douglas fir.



  • British timber
  • Products and uses
  • Availability
  • Quality
  • Design and interchangeability
  • Species data sheets


This Wood Information Sheet was revised in March 2022 and changes have been made following the UK's departure from the EU. The statistics presented in the graphs have also been updated to reflect the change in Forestry Commission data. Tables 1, 2, 3 and 4 have also been amended along with the products and uses section which now includes wood pallets and packaging and fencing, cladding and decking. Changes have also been made to the species data sheets where the mean density (at 12% moisture content) is now given.


For queries about this technical document, please get in touch with its authors via BM TRADA’s Technical Helpline on +44 (0)1494 569601 or email timberadvice@bmtrada.com.


A paper/digital copy of this Wood Information Sheet is available in the BM TRADA Bookshop, which also hosts additional specialist timber publications.

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