Forestry Statistics 2007 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Certified woodland area

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Forest certification assesses forest management practices against an agreed standard and awards a label to those forest products that meet the standard. In order for products to achieve certification, both forest management practices and the Chain of Custody, which tracks timber from forest to retail outlet, must be assessed.

1.3 million hectares of woodland in the UK were certified in March 2007, under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This represented 45% of the total UK woodland area, varying from 31% in England to 74% in Northern Ireland. Figures showing volumes of certified timber and Chain of Custody certificates are provided in tables 2.31 and 2.32.

Table 1.4 Area of certified woodland1,2, March 2007

Ownership

England

Scotland

   Wales

Northern
Ireland

       UK

thousand hectares

Forestry Commission/ Forest Service3

202

457

107

61

827

Non-FC/ FS

149

280

17

3

449

Total woodland area certified

351

737

124

64

1 276

Source: Forest Stewardship Council, Forestry Commission, Forest Service

Notes:

1. All certified woodland is under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) scheme.

2. The estimates are based on UK data published by FSC, supplemented by data from individual certificates and other sources. Where possible, figures are for the woodland area certified, rather than the land area certified.

3. The Forestry Commission and Forest Service areas are the latest areas, as shown in Table 1.1, rather than the areas shown on the certificates.

For information on the volume of certified timber and on Chain of custody certificates, see the following:

Certification
Volume certified
Chain of custody certificates


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