Forestry Statistics 2008 - Woodland Areas and Planting

National Inventory of Woodland and Trees

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Over one half (53%) of the total woodland area in Great Britain is made up of conifers although this proportion ranges from 31% in England to 72% in Scotland.

Sitka spruce accounted for almost one half (49%) of the conifer area in Great Britain, followed by Scots pine (16%) and Lodgepole pine (10%). Amongst broadleaf species, Oak covered 23% of the broadleaf area, followed by Birch (16%) and Ash (13%).

Table 1.7 Area of woodland in GB by main tree species

Species

England

Scotland

   Wales

       GB

thousand hectares

Conifers

          Scots pine

82

140

5

227

          Corsican pine

41

2

3

47

          Lodgepole pine

7

122

6

135

          Sitka spruce

80

528

84

692

          Norway spruce

32

35

11

79

          European larch

149123

          Japanese/hybrid larch

335622111

          Douglas fir

24101145

          Other conifer

195630

          Mixed conifer

98018

          Total Conifers

340

916

149

1 406

Broadleaves

          Oak

1592143223

          Beech

6410983

          Sycamore

4911767

          Ash

105519129

          Birch

707813160

          Poplar

110112

          Sweet chestnut

120112

          Elm

4105

          Other broadleaves

841818120

          Mixed broadleaves

91628160

          Total broadleaves

648206118971

Total - all species

9881 1232662 377

          Felled

1523947

          Coppice1

221024

          Open space2

7213411217

Total woodland

1 097

1 281

287

2 665

Not National Statistics.

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

Notes:

1. Coppice includes coppice with standards.

2. Areas of integral open space, each less than 1 hectare.

Figure 1.1  Main tree species in GB

Figure 1.1 Main tree species in Great Britain

Not National Statistics.

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

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