Forestry Statistics 2011 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Area of woodland: 2011

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The area of woodland in the UK at 31 March 2011 is 3.1 million hectares. Of this total, 1.4 million hectares (45%) is in Scotland, 1.3 million hectares (42%) is in England, 0.3 million hectares (10%) is in Wales and 0.1 million hectares (3%) is in Northern Ireland.

Table 1.1 Area of woodland1 by ownership & forest type at 31 March 2011

Forest type and ownership

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

thousand hectares

Conifers3

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/ FS woodland2

155

98

447

55

755

          Non-FC/ FS woodland

256

69

633

10

968

            Total

411

167

1 081

66

1 724

Broadleaves3,4

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/ FS woodland2

59 16 33 6 114

          Non-FC/ FS woodland

827 121 276 17 1 240

            Total

886 137 309 22 1 355

Total

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/ FS woodland2

214 114 481 61 870

          Non-FC/ FS woodland

1 083 190 909 27 2 209

            Total

1 297 304 1 390 88 3 078

Source: Forestry Commission, Forest Service, National Forest Inventory.

Notes:

1.  Figures for England, Wales and Scotland are based on 2010 data obtained from the National Forest Inventory (NFI) and adjusted for new planting, but at present no adjustment is made for woodland recently converted to another land use.  The NFI did not include Northern Ireland.

2.  Forestry Commission woodland area is estimated from GIS data for Forestry Commission land and the National Forest Inventory map, to give figures that are consistent with the definition of woodland used in the NFI.  This differs from the previous methodology for estimating Forestry Commission woodland area that excluded integral open space and excluded land recently converted to other land uses.

3.  Conifer/ broadleaf breakdowns for England, Wales and Scotland are estimated, based on breakdowns produced for woodland areas using previous data sources.

4.  Broadleaves include coppice and coppice with standards.

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