Forestry Statistics 2008 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Land use

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Woodland accounted for 73% of all Forestry Commission/ Forest Service land in the UK in 2008. This proportion was highest in Wales (86%) and lowest in Scotland (68%).

Table 1.5 Land-use of the Forestry Commission and Forest Service, 2004-2008

Year (ending 31/3)

England

Scotland

   Wales

Northern
Ireland

       UK

thousand hectares

Woodland1

          2004

20546511062

842

          2005

205

463

109

61

838

          2006

204

460

10861

832

          2007

20245710761827

          2008

20245210661821

Other land1,2

          2004

531911614274

          2005

542051715291

          2006

552081715296

          2007

552101814297

          2008

562151814304

Total FC/ FS land area

          2004

259656125761 116

          2005

259668126761 129

          2006

259668125761 128

          2007

257666124761 124

          2008

258667124761 125

Source: Forestry Commission, Forest Service.

Notes:

1. The definitions used by Forestry Commission and Forest Service have varied over time, so there are some small inconsistencies in the comparisons in Table 1.5.

2. 'Other land' includes agricultural land and areas of moorland and mountain.

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