Forestry Statistics 2012 - Woodland Areas and Planting

National Inventory of Woodland and Trees

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Two thirds of woodland area in GB consists of trees planted after 1950 (Table 1.8). Conifers tend to have a shorter rotation with 87% of conifers, but just 39% of broadleaves planted after 1950.

Table 1.8 Area of woodland1 in GB by planting year classes2

Planting year

England

  Wales

Scotland

        GB

thousand hectares

Conifers

 

 

   

     pre-1861

2

0 4 6

     1861-1900

5 0 9 14

     1901-1910

1

0

1

3

     1911-1920

6

0

7 13

     1921-1930

7 1 13 22

     1931-1940

16 4 17 37

     1941-1950

36 10 43 89

     1951-1960

67 33 129 228

     1961-1970

74 38 203 314

     1971-1980

59 24 234 317

     1981-1990

36 21 215 273

     1991-

32 17 41 89

     Total conifers

340 149 916 1 406

Broadleaves

       

     pre-1861

34 1 12 46

     1861-1900

89 24 31 144

     1901-1910

19 4 5 27

     1911-1920

55 9 11 75

     1921-1930

60 9 16 85

     1931-1940

56 20 15 91

     1941-1950

85 16 25 126

     1951-1960

80 15 27 121

     1961-1970

59 8 22 90

     1971-1980

42 4 17 63

     1981-1990

33 4 15 52

     1991-

36 3 11 50

     Total broadleaves

648 118 206 971

Total

       

     pre-1861

35 1 16 52

     1861-1900

94 24 40 157

     1901-1910

21 4 6 30

     1911-1920

61 9 18 88

     1921-1930

67 10 29 107

     1931-1940

72 25 31 128

     1941-1950

121 26 69 215

     1951-1960

146 47 156 350

     1961-1970

133 46 225 404

     1971-1980

101 28 251 380

     1981-1990

70 26 230 325

     1991-

68 20 52 140

     Total

988 266 1 123 2 377

Source: 1995-99 National Inventory of Woodland and Trees.

Notes:

1. Excluding felled, coppice and open space.

2. Age is determined from records where these are available. Where records were not available or were clearly inaccurate, age-class was assigned by reference to similar crops of known age in the locality.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

Figure 1.4 Age profile of woodland in GB

Figure 1.4 Age profile of woodland in GB

Source: 1995-99 National Inventory of Woodland and Trees.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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