The latest National Statistics on forestry produced by the Forestry Commission were released on 24 September 2009 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
Detailed statistics are published in the web publication Forestry Statistics 2009, with an extract in the booklet Forestry Facts & Figures 2009. They include UK statistics on woodland area, planting, timber, trade, climate change, environment, recreation, employment and finance & prices and also some statistics on international forestry. Where possible, figures are also provided for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The key points from the latest releases are:
- the woodland area in the United Kingdom in 2009 is 2.8 million hectares: 1.3 million hectares (45%) are independently certified as sustainably managed;
- 6 thousand hectares of new woodland were created in the UK in 2008-09;
- 8.2 million green tonnes of UK softwood roundwood and 0.4 million green tonnes of UK hardwood roundwood were delivered to primary wood processors and others in 2008;
- wood products imported into the UK in 2008 were valued at £6.3 billion and comprised 11 million cubic metres of wood (sawnwood, other wood and woodbased panels) and 9 million tonnes of pulp and paper;
- UK forests helped to counter carbon dioxide emissions by removing over 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year;
- in 2008, 48% of UK woodland was assessed as being accessible to the public;
- 77% of people across the UK have visited woodland in the last few years for walks, picnics or other recreation;
- the Forestry Commission's net expenditure on public forests totalled £59 million in 2008-09, and a further £91 million were spent by the Commission on other activities, including grants, administration and research;
- North and Central America and Europe accounted for two thirds of global industrial roundwood removals in 2007.
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