Forestry Statistics 2009 - Woodland Areas and Planting

National Inventory of Woodland and Trees

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Two thirds of woodland area in GB consists of trees planted after 1950. Conifers tend to have a shorter rotation with 87% of conifers, but just 39% of broadleaves planted after 1950.

Table 1.8 Area of woodland1 in GB by planting year classes2

Planting year

England

  Wales

Scotland

        GB

thousand hectares

Conifers

     pre-1861

2

046

     1861-1900

50914

     1901-1910

1

0

1

3

     1911-1920

6

0

713

     1921-1930

711322

     1931-1940

1641737

     1941-1950

36104389

     1951-1960

6733129228

     1961-1970

7438203314

     1971-1980

5924234317

     1981-1990

3621215273

     1991-

32174189

     Total conifers

3401499161 406

Broadleaves

     pre-1861

3411246

     1861-1900

892431144

     1901-1910

194527

     1911-1920

5591175

     1921-1930

6091685

     1931-1940

56201591

     1941-1950

851625126

     1951-1960

801527121

     1961-1970

5982290

     1971-1980

4241763

     1981-1990

3341552

     1991-

3631150

     Total broadleaves

648118206971

Total

     pre-1861

3511652

     1861-1900

942440157

     1901-1910

214630

     1911-1920

6191888

     1921-1930

671029107

     1931-1940

722531128

     1941-1950

1212669215

     1951-1960

14647156350

     1961-1970

13346225404

     1971-1980

10128251380

     1981-1990

7026230325

     1991-

682052140

     Total

9882661 1232 377

Not National Statistics.

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

Notes:

1. Excluding felled, coppice and open space.

2. Age is determined from records where these are available. Where records were not available or were clearly inaccurate, age-class was assigned by reference to similar crops of known age in the locality.

Figure 1.2 Age profile of woodland in GB

Figure 1.2 Age profile of woodland in Great Britain

Not National Statistics.

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

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