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Record timber harvesting in Scotland

Timber harvesting has reached record levels Credit: ITV Border

Timber harvesting in Scotland has reached record levels. Sawmills in southern Scotland are also cashing in.

Official figures form the Forestry Commission Scotland said 7.5 million cubic metres were harvested last year - half a million more than last year.

At the sane time Scotland sawmills produced 7% more sawn timber with much of it being sent to England. The forestry sector contributes an estimated £670m a year to the Scottish economy and supports around 31,000 jobs.