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Has anyone started to feel the strain of the current timber shortage in the UK?
Apparently, many of the bigger sheds have sold out of most fence panels and are struggling to replenish their stock.

The daily mail published a story earlier this month about the shortage.
Daily Mail Timber Shortage Article

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    I was just speaking to my supplier about this. Apparently the Chinese are buy up all the raw materials !!
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    Yea, I was told here in Northern Ireland a few weeks ago that prices were going up as there was a timber shortage.

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    There were vans almost queuing out the gates at my local timber yard after more strong winds overnight last Fri. They had sold out of 3 inch posts and they were selling panels as quick as they could make them. Noticed after I got my order they'd not given me the usual trade discount, not sure if this was deliberate or not.

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    standard/basic panels are pretty much all gone in my area at the moment!

  • I heard exactly the same last year, in fact my local fence supplier is coming out of making and erecting domestic fencing and going to concentrate on industrial fence supply and erection. Too much hassle getting materials and from fussy domestic customers!

    Brian www.mibservices.co.uk said:

    I was just speaking to my supplier about this. Apparently the Chinese are buy up all the raw materials !!
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    Also on the grape vine....... they have been busy buying up large swathes of land in the Eastern Euoropean countries.

    Colin Hunt said:

    I heard exactly the same last year, in fact my local fence supplier is coming out of making and erecting domestic fencing and going to concentrate on industrial fence supply and erection. Too much hassle getting materials and from fussy domestic customers!

    Brian www.mibservices.co.uk said:

    I was just speaking to my supplier about this. Apparently the Chinese are buy up all the raw materials !!
  • Yes there has been talk at my supplier for a couple of weeks but felt the pinch today when they did not have the right length timber i wanted so will have to cut it down to size. Was told buy them that there supplier they usually use won't have supplies until August! So have had to go elsewhere. Just out of interest what do you guys do when you cant get what you want and have to buy a more expensive product because there is a shortage?do you explain and pass the cost on to the customer? As they really want it doing yesterday!!

  • definite waiting list down here for decent fencing stuff after so many fences gone in storms. Haven't noticed anything too bad with the timber, but then a similar thing happened in 2007 and that was difficult.

  • Funnily enough.....

    The TP manager told me yesterday that they'd re-ordered 3 packs of 6x6 (20 in each pack) and depot had said no way, you're having one pack only.

    Eh???? One pack - that would do down two garden sides.....ONLY!

    Supply and demand means prices go up, and that also means clients have to be more educated. Perhaps the Daily Mail has done the industry a favour on this occasion. If supply prices go up there is no reason whatsoever for the supply of those products to not go up simulateously. And in times of high demand there is no reason why landscaping and gardening businesses should not ALSO put their charge out rates up.

    Cheers, Eugene



  • Eugene Baston said:

    Funnily enough.....

    And in times of high demand there is no reason why landscaping and gardening businesses should not ALSO put their charge out rates up.

    Cheers, Eugene


    ....bit like charging people for sandbags!!
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