Forestry Statistics 2011 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Woodland area by ownership

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The Forestry Commission/ Forest Service owned or managed 28% of the total woodland area in the UK in 2011.  This proportion ranged from 16% of the woodland area in England to 69% in Northern Ireland.

Table 1.3 Area of woodland in the UK by ownership, 2007-2011

Ownership

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

thousand hectares

Forestry Commission/
Forest Service2

         

     2007

202

107

457

61

827

     2008

202 106 452 61

821

     2009

201 105 447 61 814

     2010 (original)

199 105 443 61 809

     2010 (revised)1

216 114 485 61 876

     20111

214 114 481 61 870

Non-FC/FS woodland

         

     2007

922 178 884 26 2 010

     2008

925 179 890 26 2 020

     2009

928 179 894 26 2 027

     2010 (original)

931 179 900 27 2 037

     2010 (revised)1

1 078 189 900 27 2 194

     20111

1 083 190 909 27 2 209

Total woodland

         

     2007

1 124

285

1 341

87

2 837

     2008

1 127

285

1 342

87

2 841

     2009

1 128 284 1 341 88 2 841

     2010 (original)

1 130 284 1 343 88 2 846

     2010 (revised)1

1 294 304 1 385 88 3 070

     20111

1 297 304 1 390 88 3 078

Source: Forestry Commission, Forest Service, 1995-99 National Inventory of Woodland and Trees, National Forest Inventory.

Notes:
1.   2011 and 2010 (revised) figures for England, Wales and Scotland are based on 2010 data obtained from the National Forest Inventory (NFI).  2010 (original) figures and data for earlier years are based on previous data sources.  The NFI did not include Northern Ireland.

2.  Forestry Commission woodland area for 2011 and 2010 (revised) 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.

 

 

 

 

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