Forestry Statistics 2006
Forestry Statistics is a compendium of statistical information about woodland, forestry and primary wood processing in the UK. Traditionally forestry statistics have focused on forests as a source of timber, and on the use of timber by wood processing industries. However, in recent years, it has been increasingly recognised that a wider range of environmental and social aspects of woodland should be reflected in the statistical information that is collected and published. This publication includes some more information about environment and recreation, but it is still weighted towards the traditional topics that
have the best quality data. A more balanced set of information is provided by the UK Indicators of Sustainable Forestry, which were published in October 2002 and updated on the website www.forestry.gov.uk/sfindicators
As a National Statistics output, this publication concentrates on topics for which the data meet National Statistics quality standards. However a few topics outside the scope of National Statistics are included, to give a more rounded picture; any such tables are footnoted or headed as 'not National Statistics'. This means that they have not been subject to National Statistics quality assurance procedures, but does not necessarily imply that they are of poorer quality.
Where possible, statistical information in this publication covers the whole of the United Kingdom, and is broken down to give figures for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We would like to acknowledge the contribution of Northern Ireland's Forest Service in providing a wide range of statistics for this publication, which has made it possible to have a more comprehensive coverage of the UK. However, there are some topics for which data are currently only available for Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland), and these tables are labelled as being GB only.
This section contains information about the extent of woodland in the United Kingdom and compares the United Kingdom with other countries.
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