Forestry Statistics 2009 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Area of woodland: 2009

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The area of woodland in the UK at 31 March 2009 is 2.8 million hectares. Of this total, 1.3 million hectares (47%) is in Scotland, 1.1 million hectares (40%) is in England, 0.3 million hectares (10%) is in Wales and 0.1 million hectares (3%) is in Northern Ireland.

Table 1.1 Area of woodland by ownership and forest type at 31 March 2009

Forest type and ownership

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

thousand hectares

Conifers

          FC/ FS woodland

146

91

418

56

710

          Non-FC/ FS woodland2

219

65

624

10

918

            Total

365

156

1 042

66

1 628

Broadleaves1

          FC/ FS woodland

5514296104

          Non-FC/ FS woodland2

709114271161 110

            Total

764128300221 213

Total

          FC/ FS woodland

20110544761814

          Non-FC/ FS woodland2

928179894262 027

            Total

1 1282841 341882 841

Source: Forestry Commission, Forest Service, 1995-99 National Inventory of Woodland and Trees.

Notes:

1. Broadleaves include coppice and coppice with standards.

2. Non-FC woodland figures for England, Wales and Scotland are based on the 1995-99 National Inventory of Woodland and Trees (NIWT) and adjusted for new planting and sales of FC woodland, but at present no adjustment is made for woodland converted to another land-use, nor for changes in woodland composition at restocking. They include non-FC publicly owned woodland. The NIWT did not include Northern Ireland.

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