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The latest National Statistics on forestry were released by the Forestry Commission today, in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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.

Key points include:

• the woodland area in the United Kingdom in 2011 is 3.1 million hectares: of this 1.3 million hectares (43%) are independently certified as sustainably managed;

• Eight thousand hectares of new woodland were created in the UK in 2010-11;

• 9.4 million green tonnes of UK softwood roundwood and 0.5 million green tonnes of UK hardwood roundwood were delivered to primary wood processors and others in 2010, representing a 13% increase overall in roundwood deliveries from the previous year;

• wood products imported into the UK in 2010 were valued at £6.8 billion and comprised 10 million cubic metres of wood (sawnwood, other wood and woodbased panels) and 8 million tonnes of pulp and paper, representing an increase of 19% in wood imports and no change in pulp and paper imports from 2009;

• UK forests helped to counter carbon dioxide emissions by removing over 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year;

• in 2010, 52% of UK woodland was assessed as being accessible to the public;

• the Forestry Commission's net expenditure on public forests totalled £63 million in 2010-11, and a further £113 million were spent by the Commission on other activities, including grants, administration and research;

Detailed statistics are published in ‘Forestry Statistics 2011’, and in ‘Forestry Facts & Figures 2011’, available at

Further statistical information is available from Jackie Watson, tel: 0131 314 6171; e-mail:

MEDIA CONTACT: Colin Morton, 0131 314 6249