Forestry Statistics 2010 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Certified woodland area

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Forest certification assesses forest management practices against an agreed standard and awards a label to those forest products that meet the standard. In order for products to achieve certification, both forest management practices and the Chain of Custody, which tracks timber from forest to retail outlet, must be assessed.

1.29 million hectares of woodland in the UK were certified in March 2010. This represented 45% of the total UK woodland area, varying from 30% in England to 73% in Northern Ireland.

Table 1.4 Woodland area certified, March 2010

Ownership

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

      UK

thousand hectares

Forestry Commission/
Forest Service3

199

105

443

61

809

Non-FC/ FS

144

18

314

3

479

Total woodland area certified

343

124

757

64

1 288

Source: Forest Stewardship Council, Forestry Commission, Forest Service.

Notes:

1. All certified woodland in 2010 is under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) scheme.  Some woodland is also certified under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) scheme.

2. The estimates are based on UK data published by FSC, supplemented by data from individual certificates and other sources. Where possible, figures are for the woodland area certified, rather than the land area certified.

3. The Forestry Commission areas are the latest areas, as shown in Table 1.1, rather than the areas shown on the certificates.

Data: 

Longer time series of the above table are available from the Woodland Area and Planting Statistics web page.

Figures showing volumes of certified timber and Chain of Custody certificates are provided in tables 2.29 and 2.30.

 

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