Forestry Statistics 2009 - UK Forests and Climate Change

Public Opinion of Forestry - climate change

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The Forestry Commission has conducted similar biennial surveys of public attitudes to forestry and forestry-related issues since 1995. The most recent set of three separate surveys was conducted in 2009; in Scotland, Wales, and across the UK as a whole. The full results are available within the 2009 Public Opinion of Forestry reports available on our website.

Questions were asked to gauge the public's agreement on climate change issues, including on the ways in which forests and woodlands can impact on climate change. Some of the public views presented below do not reflect expert opinion.

The highest level of agreement was seen with the statement "trees are good because they remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in wood", with 84% agreeing.  This compares with only 36% agreeing with the statement "using wood for fuel makes climate change worse because it releases carbon dioxide".

Figure 4.3 Public opinion on ways in which forests and woodlands can impact on climate change

Figure 4.3 Public opinion on ways in which forests and woodlands can impact on climate change

Not National Statistics.

Source: UK Public Opinion of Forestry Survey 2009.

Base: 2,000 UK respondents.

Questions were also posed on how UK forests should be managed in response to the threat of climate change - see the survey reports for further details.

Public views on forests and climate change were also given by other parts of the 2009 survey:

  • when asked about a series of UK forestry topics seen in the media, the most common response, given by 39% of respondents, was ‘Forests and woodlands helping to tackle climate change’ ;
  • 68% of respondents said that ‘to help tackle climate change’ is a good reason to support forestry with public money.

Links to Forestry Statistics 2009

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