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The Timber Transport Forum supports forestry by ensuring that the timber industries can access forests and market timber in a sustainable way. At the same time we seek to minimise the impact of timber transport on the public road network, on local communities and on the environment.

Storm Arwen Citizen Science App

The map suggest a Storm Arwen windblown area across GB of around 5500ha but it is assumed this is an underestimate. 

A Citizen Science App has been developed to enable and encourage feedback on the map. Windblow Assessment (arcgis.com)Feedback will improve the map data and improve the algorithm that processes the satellite data to improve the method for future storms. 

The App is very easy to use with simple questions to enable feedback.  Area corrections can be made and photos added. When areas are validated the colour code of the map changes from pink to blue.  15% of sites have been validated so far.  The public forests will work with Forest Research to add their validation.  A review of the data will be made after 23rd January but it is expected validation can continue thereafter.

Forest Haulage Induction Video

The Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA) have produced a great new online resource for the sector – a forest haulage induction video. This video is aimed at new entrants who have HGV experience, but who may not have previously driven on forest roads. The content of the video applies to drivers of fuel tankers, low loaders and other in-forest HGV drivers, as well as timber trucks. 

Neil Stoddart (Creel Consulting Ltd), Chair of the FISA Forest Haulage Working Group commented, 'Driving an HGV in the forest presents many additional challenges compared to highway work. This video provides an efficient induction covering some of these kay factors. This type of training can save time, reduce employee turnover and ensures operational efficiency while at the same time providing the new start with baseline safety critical information, hopefully making them feel valued and helping them establish good communication with their employer and forest managers alike'.

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Timber Transport Survey 2021

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During the first half of 2021 a GB-wide Timber Transport Survey was carried out by Creel Consulting Ltd. Ninety-four firms across Britain participated in the survey, which gathered data on truck type, numbers of trucks and employees, driver training requirements and other relevant data. The survey has provided our industry with some very useful information. The report and related documents can be downloaded via the link below. 

Alistair Speedie, Chair of the Timber Transport Forum, said:

"We have a thriving industry which has grown to meet the demand, and we must prepare for future years. Volumes of timber are set to increase as more timber becomes available, so we need to ensure, as an industry, that we are ready for this in a sustainable way."

App 1 TTF PRESS RELEASE Dec 20.pdf

App 2 Full Timber Transport Survey data 2021.pdf

App 3 Survey infographic summary 2021.pdf

App 4 Number of lorries and employees per company.pdf

TTF Timber Transport Survey Executive report May 2021.pdf

Economic Contribution of Timber Transport

The FCS report on the Economic Contribution of Forestry to Scotland estimates that timber transport creates around 1200 full time jobs and is worth around £50m to the Scottish economy.

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Agreed Routes Maps

Agreed Routes Maps have been prepared for most of the forested areas of Scotland, as well as for Cumbria, North Yorkshire and North East England. Agreed Routes Maps are also in place in some parts of Wales.

Agreed Routes Maps

Good Practice Guides

The Timber Transport Forum promotes good practice in managing timber transport.

Good Practice

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