Forestry Statistics 2008 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Area of woodland: 2008

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The area of woodland in the UK at 31 March 2008 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 2008

Forest type and ownership

England

Scotland

   Wales

Northern
Ireland

         UK

thousand hectares

Conifers

          FC/ FS woodland

147

424

92

56

720

          Non-FC/ FS woodland2

219

621

65

10

915

          Total

366

1 045

157

66

1 635

Broadleaves1

          FC/ FS woodland

5528145101

          Non-FC/ FS woodland2

706269114161 105

          Total

761297128211 207

Total

          FC/ FS woodland

20245210661821

          Non-FC/ FS woodland2

925890179262 020

          Total

1 1271 342285872 841

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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