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Woodland Area, Planting & Restocking - 2010 edition

The latest National Statistics on Woodland area, planting & restocking produced by the Forestry Commission were released on 10 June 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

The First Release contains provisional statistics for the year to March 2010 on:

  • UK woodland area;
  • certified woodland area; and
  • areas of new planting and restocking.

The main findings are:

  • The area of woodland in the UK at 31 March 2010 is 2.85 million hectares.  This represents 12 per cent of the total land area in the UK, 9 per cent in England, 14 per cent in Wales, 17 per cent in Scotland and 6 per cent in Northern Ireland. 
  • Of the total UK woodland area, 0.81 million hectares is owned or managed by the Forestry Commission (in Great Britain) or the Forest Service (in Northern Ireland).
  • The total certified area in the UK is 1.29 million hectares, including all Forestry Commission/ Forest Service woodland.  Overall, 45 per cent of the woodland area is certified.
  • Five thousand hectares of new woodland were created in the UK in 2009-10, mostly with broadleaved species.
  • Fifteen thousand hectares of woodland were restocked in the UK in 2009-10, mostly with conifers.

Coverage:  UK
Geographical breakdown:  England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

First Release:
Woodland Area, Planting & Restocking

Data:
Longer time series for new planting and restocking and for certified woodland

Quality:
Quality report:  Woodland Area, Planting and Restocking

Statistician:  Sheila Ward

Contact:
Jackie Watson
Tel:  0131 314 6171
E-mail:  statistics@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Next Update:
29 July 2010 - National Forest Inventory Woodland Map
September 2010 - final results for the year to March 2010 (see Forestry Facts & Figures 2010 and Forestry Statistics 2010)
June 2011 - provisional results for the year to March 2011