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  • Only 12% of the UK is forested compared with European average of 45%.

  • The Paper Industry is a relatively small user of wood; only around 11% of the wood extracted from the world’s forests is used in paper and pulp production.

  • 1.1 million tonnes of woodpulp are used in the production of UK paper and board.

  • 0.9 million tonnes of the woodpulp used are imported from 26 countries.
  • Woodpulp fibres can be recycled a number of times, but they eventually lose their papermaking qualities.
  • Fresh woodpulp fibres need to be constantly introduced into the papermaking chain.

  • Without virgin fibres, from new trees, the paper cycle can neither begin nor continue.

  • With responsible forest management, European forests have grown by over 30% since 1950.

  • Paper is natural, biodegradable and recyclable, comes from a renewable resource and is manufactured in a sustainable manner. Trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, and paper, as a wood product, continues to store carbon throughout its lifetime. A well managed forest, used and re-planted, absorbs more carbon dioxide than a mature forest consisting of older trees.

  • Paper is made by mixing a variety of woodpulps in order to obtain the characteristics required in the end product.
  • Coniferous and deciduous trees are used in papermaking and they contribute different qualities to the end product.
  • UK papermakers support the use of forest certification as a means of providing independent assurance of responsible sourcing of woodpulp.
  • More trees will need to be planted if the needs of papermakers and EU targets for renewable energy are to be met.


Produced by Confederation of Paper Industries, Confederation of European Forest Owners, European State Forest Association and European Confederation of Woodworking Industries, this book is aimed at 5-8 year olds to give them an introduction to the importance of the forest and forest products. Limited copies are available. Schools can request a copy by emailing

Follow the links below for fact sheets and further information about forestry:


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