Forestry Statistics 2011 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Land use

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Woodland accounted for 79% of all Forestry Commission/ Forest Service land in the UK in 2011. This proportion was highest in Wales (92%) and lowest in Scotland (74%).

Table 1.5 Land use of the FC and FS, 2007-2011

Year (ending 31/3)

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

thousand hectares

Woodland

 

 

   

 

     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

     2011

214 114 481 61 870

Other land2

         

     2007

55 18 210 14 297

     2008

56 18 215 14 304

     2009

57 19 219 14 309

     2010 (original)

57 19 217 14 308

     2010 (revised)1

40 10 175 14 240

     2011

40 10 174 14 238

Total FC/ FS land area

         

     2007

257 124 666 76 1 124

     2008

258 124 667 76 1 125

     2009

258 124 665 76 1 123

     2010

257 124 660 75 1 116

     2011

254 124 654 75 1 108

Source: Forestry Commission, Forest Service.

Notes:

1.  2011 and 2010 (revised) figures for the breakdown of Forestry Commission land use is estimated from GIS data for Forestry Commission land and the National Forest Inventory (NFI) 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.

2.  'Other land' includes agricultural land and areas of moorland and mountain.

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