Forestry Statistics 2009 - Finance & Prices

Government expenditure on public forests

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Net expenditure on public forests by the Forestry Commission in 2008-09 totalled £59 million. £56 million was used to fund forest management and development, £39 million for recreation, conservation & heritage and £39 million for harvesting & haulage. Timber sales generated a total income of £74 million in 2008-09.

The total net expenditure for 2008-09 of £59 million comprised £28 million in Scotland, £22 million in England and £10 million in Wales.

Table 8.4 Funding public forests - net expenditure1, 2004-05 - 2008-09

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

£ million

GB

 Forest management & development2

53.4

56.1

55.4

60.3

55.7

 Recreation, conservation & heritage

30.6

32.4

35.1

38.3

39.2

 Harvesting & haulage

42.4

39.0

39.3

39.5

38.8

 Less timber income

-64.3

-61.9

-65.8

-78.6

-74.3

 Net expenditure

62.165.664.059.659.4

England

 Forest management & development2

16.318.416.619.419.4

 Recreation, conservation & heritage

11.813.815.815.315.3

 Harvesting & haulage

10.110.811.111.912.0

 Less timber income

-17.3-18.7-20.3-26.3-25.0

 Net expenditure

20.824.323.120.321.7

Wales

 Forest management & development2

9.19.610.89.08.5

 Recreation, conservation & heritage

9.77.35.96.37.0

 Harvesting & haulage

9.96.66.46.36.5

 Less timber income

-11.5-8.2-8.7-10.2-12.1

 Net expenditure

17.315.314.411.510.0

Scotland

 Forest management & development2

28.028.028.031.927.8

 Recreation, conservation & heritage

9.111.313.416.717.0

 Harvesting & haulage

22.521.621.821.220.2

 Less timber income

-35.5-35.0-36.7-42.1-37.3

 Net expenditure

24.126.026.627.827.7

Source: Forestry Commission Annual Reports & Accounts

Notes:

1. Excludes notional cost of capital and any surplus/ deficit on sale of properties.

2. Includes all expenditure on public forests not covered under "recreation, conservation & heritage" or "harvesting & haulage".

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