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Softwood timber imports to China treble in a decade – positive news for the UK

China is now the biggest importer of unprocessed saw logs in the world and the second biggest importer of processed lumber (after the US). Russia and Scandinavia have seen the largest percentage increases in terms of their export levels to China. European timber growers are expected to further increase the amount of their product going...

Trees are covering more of the land in rich countries

COLM STENSON drives around County Leitrim, pointing out new tree plantations. In this corner of Ireland, close to the border with Northern Ireland, conifers seem to be springing up all around. The encroachment is not just visual. Mr Stenson, who is a police officer as well as a cattle farmer, recently received a bill from...

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