Forestry Statistics 2012 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Woodland Area

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The 3.1 million hectares of woodland in the UK in 2012 represents 13% of the total land area, 10% in England, 15% in Wales, 18% in Scotland and 8% in Northern Ireland (Table 1.2).

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

20123,4

1 295

9.9

304

14.7

1 392 17.9

 105

7.8

3 097

12.8

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 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. 

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

..  Denotes data not available.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

 

Figure 1.1 shows woodland area by country since 1998. Figures for 1998 to 2009 for England, Wales and Scotland have been revised for consistency with results from the National Forest Inventory, to enable comparisons over time. The chart indicates that the UK woodland area has risen by around 160 thousand hectares since 1998, an increase of 5% over the period.

Figure 1.1  Area of woodland, 1998-2012

Figure 1.1 Area of woodland, 1998-2012

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

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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