The latest National Statistics on forestry produced by the Forestry Commission were released on 25 September 2014 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
Detailed statistics are published in the web publication Forestry Statistics 2014, with an extract in Forestry Facts & Figures 2014. They include UK statistics on woodland area, planting, timber, trade, climate change, environment, recreation, employment and finance & prices as well as 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 2014 is 3.1 million hectares: 1.4 million hectares (44%) are independently certified as sustainably managed.
- 13 thousand hectares of new woodland were created in the UK in 2013-14.
- 11 million green tonnes of UK roundwood (softwood and hardwood) were delivered to primary wood processors and others in 2013, representing a 7% increase from the previous year.
- Wood products imported into the UK in 2013 were valued at £6.7 billion and included 5.5 million cubic metres of sawnwood, 3.0 million cubic metres of wood-based panels, 5.0 million cubic metres of wood pellets and 5.9 million tonnes of paper.
- A total of 201 projects were registered under the Woodland Carbon Code at 30 June 2014, covering an area of 15.4 thousand hectares of woodland and projected to sequester 5.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.
- There were around 2,400 woodland fires in 2012-13, burning around 400 hectares of woodland.
- Around two thirds of the UK population had visited woodland in the last few years.
The Annual Business Survey reported average employment in 2012 of 15 thousand in forestry and 26 thousand in primary wood processing.
Gross Value added (GVA) in primary wood processing (sawmilling, panels and pulp & paper) was £1.63 billion in the UK in 2012. GVA in forestry was £0.31 billion.
- The UK was the third largest net importer (imports less exports) of forest products in 2012, behind China and Japan.
Coverage: United Kingdom
Geographical breakdown: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Data: All tables are available to download from the Forestry Statistics publication. In addition, longer time series data for some topics are available from the data downloads page on our website.
Statistician: Sheila Ward
Tel: 0300 067 5238
24 September 2015
Information on pre-release access to these publications can be found in the pre-release access pages.