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The latest statistics on forests and forestry in the United Kingdom were published by the Forestry Commission today.

Detailed statistics are published in the web publication 'Forestry Statistics 2013', with an extract in the companion publication 'Forestry Facts & Figures 2013', which is available in hard copy.

They include UK statistics on woodland area, planting, timber, trade, climate change, environment, recreation, employment and finance and prices as well as some statistics on international forestry. Where possible, figures are also provided for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Among the statistics are:

  • the woodland area in the United Kingdom in 2013 is 3.1 million hectares, of which 1.4 million ha (44 per cent) are independently certified as sustainably managed;
  • 10.4 million green tonnes of UK roundwood (softwood and hardwood logs and large branch wood) were delivered to primary wood processors and others in 2012, representing a 1 per cent increase over the previous year;
  • 133 projects were registered under the Woodland Carbon Code at 30 June 2013, covering 14,200ha and projected to sequester 5.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide;
  • about two-thirds of the UK population had visited woodland in the past few years;
  • the Annual Business Survey reported average employment in 2011 of 14,000 in forestry and 25,000 in primary wood processing;
  • wood products imported into the UK in 2012 were valued at £6.4 billion and included 5.2 million cubic metres of sawnwood, 2.6 million m3 of wood-based panels, and 6.1 million tonnes of paper; and
  • the UK was the third largest net importer (imports less exports) of forest products in 2011, behind China and Japan.

The full statistics publications can be downloaded from the Statistics area of the Forestry Commission's website, .

Hard copies of 'Forestry Facts & Figures' are available free of charge from Forestry Commission Publications, PO Box 785, Stockport SK3 3AT; tel: 0161 495 4845; fax: 0161 495 4840; email:

Further information is available from Jackie Watson in the Commission's Economics & Statistics Unit,; 0131 314 6171.


  1. Since 1 April 2013, the Forestry Commission's former functions and the land it managed in Wales have been part of a new body, Natural Resources Wales (NRW), established by the Welsh Government.
  2. Certified woodland is woodland whose management has been verified as sustainable and environmentally sound by an independent auditor. This provides an assurance to buyers of forest products that the products come from well managed forests. There are two certification bodies operating in the UK - the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC), both of which use the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS). The Forestry Commission was the first state forest service in the world to achieve certification of its entire forest area.

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