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NEWS RELEASE No: 1367810 JUNE 2010

UK woodland area, planting and restocking statistics published

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The latest National Statistics on woodland area, planting and restocking produced by the Forestry Commission were released today in accordance with the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

The First Release contains provisional statistics for the year to March 2010 on UK woodland area, area of certified woodland, and
areas of new planting and restocking.

The main findings are:

  • the total area of woodland in the UK at 31 March was 2.85 million hectares. This represents 12 per cent of the total land area in the UK, or 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 area of certified woodland in the UK is 1.29 million hectares, including all Forestry Commission and Forest Service woodland. Overall, 45 per cent of the woodland area is certified;
  • 5000 hectares of new woodland were created in the UK in 2009-10, mostly with broadleaved species; and
  • 15,000 hectares of woodland were restocked (replanted after harvesting) in the UK in 2009-10, mostly with conifers.

The full details of this statistics release are available in the Statistics area of the Forestry Commission’s website at Further information is also available from Jackie Watson in the Commission's Economics & Statistics unit, tel: 0131 314 6171; e-mail:


  1. Certified woodland is woodland whose management has been verified as sustainable and environmentally sound by an independent auditor as an assurance to buyers of forest products that the products come from well managed forests. Two main certification standards are used in the UK: the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) standard. Producers whose forests are certified against the UKWAS are entitled to use the logo of the international, independent Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) on their products. The Forestry Commission was the first state forest service in the world to achieve certification of its entire forest area.
  2. The next woodland area, planting and restocking statistics updates due to be published by the Forestry Commission are:
  • 29 July 2010 - National Forest Inventory Woodland Map;
  • September 2010 - final woodland area, planting and restocking results for the year to March 2010. These will be published in the publications ‘Forestry Facts & Figures 2010’ and ‘Forestry Statistics 2010’;
  • June 2011 - provisional woodland area, planting and restocking results for the year to March 2011.

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