Forestry Statistics 2008 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Area of Farm Woodland

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Agricultural Censuses run by Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and the devolved administrations collect annual information on the land-use of farms. The table below shows the area of woodland on farms.

The area of farm woodland in the UK has increased from 490 thousand hectares in 1998 to 661 thousand hectares in 2007. Almost half (46%) of all farm woodland is in England, with a further 42% in Scotland, 10% in Wales and the remainder in Northern Ireland.

Table 1.10 Area of farm woodland, 1998 to 2007

Year

England

Scotland

   Wales

Northern
Ireland

       UK

thousand hectares

1998

259.1

185.537.28.2

490.0

1999

255.4197.240.48.2

501.2

2000

253.2

200.6

37.1

8.6

499.5

2001

266.2

202.9

36.78.2

513.9

2002

267.0209.938.87.9523.6

2003

262.9236.636.58.4544.4

2004

274.1239.041.78.2563.0

2005

291.7238.044.98.6583.2

2006

296.0249.351.39.6606.2

2007

305.4277.567.99.9660.7

Source: June Agricultural Census - Defra, The Scottish Government, Welsh Assembly Government, Northern Ireland Executive.

Figure 1.3  Area of farm woodland, 1981-2007

Figure 1.3 Area of farm woodland

Source: June Agricultural Census - Defra, The Scottish Government, Welsh Assembly Government, Northern Ireland Executive.

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