Forestry Statistics 2011 - 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.

1.3 million hectares of woodland in the UK were certified in March 2011. This represented 43% of the total UK woodland area, varying from 26% in England to 72% in Northern Ireland.

Table 1.4 Woodland area certified1,2, March 2011

Ownership

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

      UK

thousand hectares

Forestry Commission/
Forest Service3

214

114

481

61

870

Non-FC/ FS

122

19

313

2

456

Total woodland area certified

335

133

793

63

1 325

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

Notes:

1.  All certified woodland in 2011 is certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) scheme.  Some of these woodlands are 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/ Forest Service areas are the latest areas, as shown in Table 1.1, rather than the areas shown on the certificates.  As the Forestry Commission woodland areas in Table 1.1 are now based on data from the National Forest Inventory (NFI) together with GIS data for Forestry Commission land, this gives a higher estimate for FC woodland area than shown in previous editions of Forestry Statistics.

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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