Volume of roundwood timber felled in 2019 up but value declines

Amount of roundwood cut from forests here was just less than 4m cubic metres, up 5.7% on 2018

A truck carrying trees at the Glen of Imaal in Wicklow. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Harvesters cut almost four million cubic metres of wood from deciduous trees in Irish forests in 2019, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Timber from these species, known as roundwood, accounts for around 1 per cent of the entire Irish harvest, coniferous trees produce most of the Republic’s commercial supplies.

Timber value

The CSO said on Monday that the volume of roundwood cut from forests here was just less than four million cubic metres, an increase of 5.7 per cent on 2018, when the figure was 3.76 cubic metres.

The value of the timber fell slightly to €181 million in 2019 from €183.4 million the previous year.

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State-owned forests accounted for two thirds of the roundwood cut in 2019, the CSO added.