Woodland Statistics

Woodland statistics include figures on woodland area, certified woodland area, new planting and restocking.

Latest figures

Forestry Statistics 2013 (published on 26 September 2013) provides final figures at 31 March 2013. Summary results are available in Forestry Facts & Figures 2013.

A correction has been made to the conifer/ broadleaf breakdown of woodland area (Forestry Statistics 2013 Table 1.1).

Next update

Provisional results for woodland area and certified woodland area at 31 March 2014, and new planting and restocking in 2013-14, will be published in Woodland Area, Planting and restocking: 2014 Edition on 12 June 2014

Time series data

Longer time series data for new planting and restocking, for 1976 to 2013, are available in EXCEL spreadsheet and PDF formats. The data are broken down by:

  • England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, GB and UK;
  • New planting, restocking and total planting;
  • Conifers and broadleaves;
  • Forestry Commission/Forest Service (FC/FS) and non-FC/FS.

Longer time series data for certified woodland areas for 2001 to 2013 are also available in EXCEL spreadsheets and PDF formats. The data are broken down by:

  • England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, GB and UK;
  • Forestry Commission/Forest Service (FC/FS) and non-FC/FS.


Information on the methodology for estimating woodland area is provided in the Sources chapter of Forestry Statistics 2013. The estimates make use of National Forest Inventory data. Further information (including reports) on the National Forest Inventory and the previous 1995-99 National Inventory of Woodland and Trees is available on the Inventory pages.


Please see our quality report or refer to our quality pages.


Please see the Sources chapter of Forestry Statistics 2013 or refer to our revisions policy.

Release schedule & previous releases

Early provisional results are provided in the First Release Woodland Area, Planting and Restocking, published every June:

The final results are published every September in Foresty Statistics and summarised in Forestry Facts and Figures.

User engagement

In order to improve the statistics that we produce and to ensure that they remain relevant, we are interested in hearing from people who use our statistics. More information on how we consult users and contact details can be found on our user engagement page.