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A Strategy and Action Plan for the Growth and Development of the Forestr y Sector in Northern England - THE HEADLINES


UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF THE FOREST INDUSTRY IN NORTHERN ENGLAND Growth Strategy and Action Plan for the Forest Sector in Northern England

Our Vision

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Roots to Prosperity is a blueprint to unlock the potential of the forestry and forest products sector across Northern England to maximise its economic potential. A detailed action plan showing how an investment of around ÂŁ23m could unlock in excess of 1,000 jobs and ÂŁ37.5m GVA will follow1.

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Confor (2011) Forestry: 7,000 Green Jobs and Low Carbon Growth

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Our Vision

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OUR INDUSTRY

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Our Industry

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Northern England has a globally competitive forestry and forest products sector with real potential for growth and jobs.

With substantial recent investment and the ability to call on a growing forest resource in Northern England and Southern Scotland the sector is uniquely able to deliver substantial low carbon growth and contribute towards sustainable economic development across rural and urban communities. The sector is also in an unrivalled position to provide additional benefits such as flood alleviation whilst creating an attractive setting in which to live, work and play.

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Our Industry

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WORLD CLASS PROCESSORS More than 2,500 people are employed by primary processing of British grown forest products in Northern England.

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Processing

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100% growth in market share by domestic sawn softwood producers since 2003,with ÂŁ1bn saved from our annual import bill . 2

UK domestic producers % share of UK sawn softwood consumption 2003 – 2012

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Confor (2014)


THE FOREST RESOURCE Northern England benefits from a productive forest resource which provides high quality feedstock for the many primary processors in the region. There is a significant area of forest which is currently under-managed creating an opportunity for the sector to increase production and satisfy growing demand from processors and end-users. Growth Strategy and Action Plan for the Forest Sector in Northern England

Resource

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Forest area of Northern England (ha) Northern England has 130,289ha of conifers out of 315,933ha in England, the equivalent of 41.2% of the national resource. The chart below illustrates the percentage of under-managed woodland. Actively Managed Under-managed

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TIMBER PRODUCTION Northern England dominates timber processing in England and accounts for over 50% of all softwood processed.

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Timber Production

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Timber production This strategy links directly with the Grown in Britain programme which seeks to significantly increase the market pull from Britishgrown wood products.

‘Peak Wood’ is the point in time when the maximum rate of wood harvesting is reached.

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Timber Production

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TOURISM AND RECREATION

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Tourism & Recreation

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Northern England is home to many of the UK’s most popular forest-based recreation and tourism attractions. In Kielder Water and Forest Park over £6m has been invested in facilities in recent years and visitors now spend over £7m in the local economy every year.


CARBON The woodlands in Northern England are a significant store of carbon and each year they sequester more. Timber provides a sustainable low carbon building material and renewable fuel which can effectively displace fossil fuels.

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Carbon

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2,750,000 299,000 165,000

tonnes CO2 stored above ground in the woodlands of Northumberland National Park.

tonnes CO2 sequestered above ground each year by Kielder Forest.

tonnes CO2 net contribution to greenhouse gas emissions reduction each year from woodlands in the Lake District National Park.

On average, building a house in timber instead of brick reduces carbon emissions by 10 tonnes. Replacing 1 cubic metre of concrete or red brick with the same volume of timber can save up to 1 tonne of carbon dioxide emissions. 1 hectare of newly established mixed woodland will sequester on average 4.5 tonnes of CO2 each year.


ECOSYSTEM SERVICES The value of ecosystem services provided by our forests and woodlands are estimated at ÂŁ122m per year . 3

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Smith, S., et al (2011) Economic Evidence, Analysis and Appraisal for the Independent Panel on Forestry Technical Report (1). Growth Strategy and Action Plan for the Forest Sector in Northern England

Ecosystem Services

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The capitalised social and environmental value of forests in Northern England are in excess of ÂŁ3.4bn . 4

Appropriately sited and designed forests could reduce flood peaks by as much as 46% . 5

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Smith, S., et al (2011) Economic Evidence, Analysis and Appraisal for the Independent Panel on Forestry Technical Report (1).

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McIntyre, N. and Thorne, C. (2013) Land use management effects on flood flows and sediments – guidance on prediction.


OPPORTUNITY; THE NUMBERS

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Opportunities

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THE NUMBER OF NEW JOBS THAT COULD BE CREATED.

THE LAND RESOURCE; 39,500 KM2 - Total land area of Northern England 2,900 KM2 - Total woodland area of Northern England 1,340 KM2 - Total under-managed woodland area of Northern England 3 - Additional volume of softwood timber that could be sustainably harvested each 141,000 M year if 50% of the under-managed conifer resource was brought into management 215 KM2 - Total area of productive new planting required to supply the sector beyond the next 10 years 1,990 KM2 - Total area of land suitable for potential planting

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conifers planted for production averaging YC 12 FC Woodland Potential Calculator Growth Strategy and Action Plan for the Forest Sector in Northern England

Opportunities

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OPPORTUNITY; THE CHALLENGES

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Opportunities

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CROSS CUTTING THEMES

Unlocking capital investment

Resilience in the face of climate change

THE RESOURCE

SUPPLY CHAIN

PROCESSORS

• Raising awareness and understanding of market opportunities • Increasing the resource to support further growth • Providing access and infrastructure to increase efficient harvesting

• Knowledge and skills for improved efficiency and competitiveness • Growth and development of SMEs through targeted business support • Investment and innovation to support efficient haulage

• Lack of raw material • Maintaining and growing market share • Innovative solutions for efficient processing

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Opportunities

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GROWTH THEMES The Zetland Estate at Richmond, North Yorkshire has installed a series of woodfuel boilers during the conversion of estate buildings into let office space. The renewable energy development has created a new market for the estate and helped grow the business, secure employment and provide a source of low carbon energy for tenants. Growth Strategy and Action Plan for the Forest Sector in Northern England

Growth Themes

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• More woods into management

CROSS CUTTING THEMES

Working collaboratively

• Engaged and informed woodland owners

THE RESOURCE

• Development of woodland recreation and tourism opportunities • Resilient and productive woodlands • Increased carbon storage and flood risk reduction

• Transport infrastucture in place

SUPPLY CHAIN

• Working collaboratively • Confidence in markets to invest • Better skilled and qualified

• Confident and engaged in supply chains

PROCESSORS

• Growing and innovative

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Growth Themes

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DELIVERING ON LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP AND EU PRIORITIES Growth Strategy and Action Plan for the Forest Sector in Northern England

Delivering

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Our Action Plan will show how the forestry sector has the ability and commitment to deliver against key priorities for LEPs as identified in their Strategic Economic Plans and supporting European Structural and Investment Funds Strategies. Taking Cumbria as an example, forestry delivers against ‘The Four-Pronged Attack’ set out in the draft Cumbria Strategic Economic Plan 2014-2024. Forestry and processing industries help achieve three of the four strategic investment priorities identified:

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Advanced manufacturing at large-scale processors such as Iggesund in Workington.

Energy excellence is clearly demonstrated by the dramatic uptake of woodfuel at both industrial and domestic scale across the county.

Forestry supply chains support a vibrant rural and visitor economy through the provision of jobs and the backdrop of beautiful and resilient woodlands. Growth Strategy and Action Plan for the Forest Sector in Northern England

Delivering

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UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL THE RESOURCE

PRODUCTIVE, RESILIENT WOODLANDS.

PROMOTION OF WOODLAND MANAGEMENT CONNECTION WITH SUPPLY CHAIN

SUPPLY CHAIN

BETTER CONNECTION WITH BUSINESS SUPPORT

ADVICE FOR WOODLAND OWNERS

INDUSTRY & SECTOR STAKEHOLDERS

SKILLS & TRAINING DEVELOPMENT

PROCESSORS

ENGAGED WITH SUPPLY CHAIN

ALIVE TO INNOVATION

Develop a series of coordinated actions across the sector linking the resource, supply chain and processors in order to unlock jobs and growth.

ALIVE TO EFFICIENCIES

CO-ORDINATION & INVESTMENT IN TIMBER TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE LEADS TO

A SUPPLY CHAIN WHICH IS GROWING TO MEET THE OPPORTUNITIES PRESENTED BY THE PROCESSING SECTOR. GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE PROCESSORS WHO ARE CONFIDENT IN SUPPLY CHAINS AND MARKETS.


MAIN SPONSORS & PARTNERS Confor Cumbria County Council Durham County Council Forestry Commission England Northumberland County Council North Yorkshire County Council United Kingdom Forest Products Association The Growth Strategy and Action Plan is supported by a broader range of industry and public sector stakeholders.

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Partners

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