Forestry Statistics 2012 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Woodland Area

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The area of woodland in the UK at 31 March 2012 is 3.1 million hectares (Table 1.1). 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.

Conifers account for around one half (52%) of the UK woodland area, although this proportion varies from 26% in England to 76% in Scotland.

Table 1.1 Area of woodland1 by ownership & forest type at 31 March 2012

Forest type and ownership

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland2

        UK

thousand hectares

Conifers

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/FS woodland

154

100

448

55

757

          Non-FC/FS woodland

180

51

610

11

853

            Total

334

151

1 058

66

1 610

Broadleaves3

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/FS woodland

60 17 33 6 116

          Non-FC/FS woodland

900 136 302 33 1 371

            Total

961 153 335 39 1 487

Total

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/FS woodland

214 117 481 62 874

          Non-FC/FS woodland

1 081 187 912 44 2 223

            Total

1 295 304 1 392 105 3 097

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

Notes:

1.  Figures for England, Wales and Scotland are based on 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.  

2.  Figures for Northern Ireland are obtained from the Northern Ireland Woodland Register. 

3.  Broadleaves include coppice and coppice with standards.

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