Forestry Statistics 2011 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Area of woodland: changes over time

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The 3.1 million hectares of woodland in the UK in 2011 represents 12.7% of the total land area; this percentage ranges from 6.5% in Northern Ireland to 17.8% in Scotland.

Table 1.2 Woodland area in the United Kingdom

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

1 294

9.9

304

14.6

1 385 17.8

88

6.5

3 070

12.7

20113

1 297

10.0

304

14.7

1 390 17.8

88

6.5

3 078

12.7

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.  Figures for England, Wales and Scotland are based on 2010 data obtained from the National Forest Inventory 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.

.. denotes data not available.

 

 

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