Certified woodland area
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 2008, under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This represented 45% of the total UK woodland area, varying from 30% in England to 73% in Northern Ireland. Figures showing volumes of certified timber and Chain of Custody certificates are provided in tables 2.30 and 2.31.
Table 1.4 Area of certified woodland1,2, March 2008
Forestry Commission/ Forest Service3
Total woodland area certified
Source: Forest Stewardship Council, Forestry Commission, Forest Service.
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.