Forestry Statistics 2007 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Area of woodland: 2007

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The area of woodland in the UK at 31 March 2007 is 2.8 million hectares. Of this total, 1.3 million hectares (47%) is in Scotland, 1.1 million hectares (40%) is in England, 0.3 million hectares (10%) is in Wales and 0.1 million hectares (3%) is in Northern Ireland.

Table 1.1 Area of woodland by ownership and forest type at 31 March 2007

Forest type and ownership

England

Scotland

   Wales

Northern
Ireland

       UK

thousand hectares

Conifers

          FC/ FS woodland

149

430

93

56

728

          Non-FC/ FS woodland2

218

618

65

10

912

          Total

367

1 048

158

66

1 640

Broadleaves1

          FC/ FS woodland

532713598

          Non-FC/ FS woodland2

704266114151 098

          Total

757293127201 197

Total

          FC/ FS woodland

20245710761827

          Non-FC/ FS woodland2

922884178262 010

          Total

1 1241 341285872 837

Source: Forestry Commission, Forest Service, 1995-99 National Inventory of Woodland and Trees.

Notes:

1. Broadleaves include coppice and coppice with standards.

2. Non-FC woodland figures for England, Scotland and Wales are based on the 1995-99 National Inventory of Woodland and Trees (NIWT) and adjusted for new planting and sales of FC woodland, but at present no adjustment is made for woodland converted to another land-use, nor for changes in woodland composition at restocking. They include non-FC publicly owned woodland. The NIWT did not include Northern Ireland.


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