Forestry Statistics 2008 - Woodland Areas and Planting

National Inventory of Woodland and Trees

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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 GB

Figure 1.2 Age profile of woodland in Great Britain

Not National Statistics.

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

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