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Woodland Statistics

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

Latest figures

Woodland Area, Planting and Restocking: 2015 Edition (published on 11 June 2015) provides provisional results for woodland area and certified woodland area at 31 March 2015, and new planting and restocking in 2014-15.

Forestry Statistics 2014 and Forestry Facts & Figures 2014 (published on 25 September 2014) provides additional figures at 31 March 2014.

Next update

Final results at 31 March 2015 will be published in Forestry Statistics 2015 and Forestry Facts and Figures 2015 on 24 September 2015

Provisional results for woodland area and certified woodland area at 31 March 2016, and new planting and restocking in 2015-16, will be published in Woodland Area, Planting and Restocking: 2016 Edition on 16 June 2016

Time series data

Longer time series data for new planting and restocking, for 1976 to 2015, 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/Natural Resources Wales/Forest Service (FC/NRW/FS) and other.

Longer time series data for certified woodland areas for 2001 to 2015 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/Natural Resources Wales/Forest Service (FC/NRW/FS) and other.

Methodology

Information on the methodology for estimating woodland area is provided in the Sources chapter of Forestry Statistics 2014. The estimates make use of National Forest Inventory data. Further information (including reports) on the National Forest Inventory is available on the Inventory pages.

Quality

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

Revisions

Please see the Annex of Woodland Area, Planting and Restocking: 2015 Edition, 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.