Forestry Statistics 2010 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Area of woodland: changes over time

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The 2.8 million hectares of woodland in the UK represents 11.7% of the total land area; this percentage ranges from 6.5% in Northern Ireland to 17.2% in Scotland.

Table 1.2 Woodland area in the UK (time series)

Year

England
Wales
Scotland
Northern Ireland2UK
 

Area
(000 ha)

%1

Area
(000 ha)

%1

Area
(000 ha)

%1

Area
(000 ha)

%1

Area
(000 ha)

%1

1086

 

~15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c1350

 

~10

 

 

 

~4

 

 

 

 

17thC

 

~8

 

 

 

~4

 

~1.5

 

 

1905

681

5.2

88

4.2

351

4.5

15

1.1

1 140

4.7

1924

660

5.1

103

5.0

435 5.6

13

1.0

1 211

5.0

1947

755

5.8

128

6.2

513

6.6

23

1.7

1 419

5.9

1965

886

6.8

201

9.7

656 8.4

42

3.1

1 784

7.4

1980

948

7.3

241

11.6

920 11.8

67

4.9

2 175

9.0

1995-99

1 097

8.4

287

13.8

1 281 16.4

81

6.0

2 746

11.3

20103

1 130

8.7

284

13.7

1 343 17.2

88

6.5

2 846

11.7

Not National Statistics.

Source: Forestry Commission, Forest Service.

Notes:

1. Percentage of the total surface area excluding inland water. The total surface areas, excluding inland water are taken from the UK Standard Area Measurements (published by the Office for National Statistics).

2. For Northern Ireland, 17th century figure is estimate for all Ireland, 1905 figure is estimate for Ulster 1908, 1947 figure assumes no change from 1939-40 Census.

3. Non-FC woodland figures for 2010 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. The NIWT did not include Northern Ireland.

 

 

 

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