Forestry Statistics 2009 - Woodland Areas and Planting

National Inventory of Woodland and Trees

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Over one half (53%) of the total woodland area in Great Britain is made up of conifers although this proportion ranges from 31% in England to 72% in Scotland.

Sitka spruce accounted for almost one half (49%) of the conifer area in Great Britain, followed by Scots pine (16%) and Lodgepole pine (10%). Amongst broadleaf species, Oak covered 23% of the broadleaf area, followed by Birch (16%) and Ash (13%).

Table 1.7 Area of woodland in GB by main tree species

Species

England

  Wales

Scotland

        GB

thousand hectares

Conifers

       Scots pine

82

5

140

227

       Corsican pine

41

3

2

47

       Lodgepole pine

7

6

122

135

       Sitka spruce

80

84

528

692

       Norway spruce

32

11

35

79

       European larch

141923

       Japanese/hybrid larch

332256111

       Douglas fir

24111045

       Other conifer

196530

       Mixed conifer

90818

       Total Conifers

340

149

916

1 406

Broadleaves

       Oak

1594321223

       Beech

6491083

       Sycamore

4971167

       Ash

105195129

       Birch

701378160

       Poplar

111012

       Sweet chestnut

121012

       Elm

4015

       Other broadleaves

841818120

       Mixed broadleaves

91862160

       Total broadleaves

648118206971

Total - all species

9882661 1232 377

       Felled

1592347

       Coppice1

220124

       Open space2

7211134217

Total woodland

1 097

287

1 281

2 665

Not National Statistics.

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

Notes:

1. Coppice includes coppice with standards.

2. Areas of integral open space, each less than 1 hectare.

Figure 1.1 Main tree species in GB

Figure 1.1 Main tree species in Great Britain

Not National Statistics.

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

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