Forestry Statistics 2007 - Woodland Areas and Planting

NIWT: woodland area by age

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Two thirds of woodland area in GB consists of trees planted after 1950. Conifers tend to have a shorter rotation with 87% of conifers, but just 39% of broadleaves planted after 1950.

Table 1.8 Area of woodland1 in GB by planting year classes2

Planting year

England

Scotland

   Wales

       GB

thousand hectares

Conifers

          pre-1861

2

406

          1861-1900

59014

          1901-1910

1

1

0

3

          1911-1920

6

7

013

          1921-1930

713122

          1931-1940

1617437

          1941-1950

36431089

          1951-1960

6712933228

          1961-1970

7420338314

          1971-1980

5923424317

          1981-1990

3621521273

          1991-

32411789

          Total conifers

3409161491 406

Broadleaves

          pre-1861

3412146

          1861-1900

893124144

          1901-1910

195427

          1911-1920

5511975

          1921-1930

6016985

          1931-1940

56152091

          1941-1950

852516126

          1951-1960

802715121

          1961-1970

5922890

          1971-1980

4217463

          1981-1990

3315452

          1991-

3611350

          Total broadleaves

648206118971

Total

          pre-1861

3516152

          1861-1900

944024157

          1901-1910

216430

          1911-1920

6118988

          1921-1930

672910107

          1931-1940

723125128

          1941-1950

1216926215

          1951-1960

14615647350

          1961-1970

13322546404

          1971-1980

10125128380

          1981-1990

7023026325

          1991-

685220140

          Total

9881 1232662 377

Not National Statistics.

Source: 1995-99 National Inventory of Woodland and Trees.

Notes:

1. Excluding felled, coppice and open space.

2. Age is determined from records where these are available. Where records were not available or were clearly inaccurate, age-class was assigned by reference to similar crops of known age in the locality.

Figure 1.2 Age profile of woodland in Great Britain


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