Forestry Statistics 2012 - Accessibility

Figure 1.6 - New planting in the UK, 1976-2012

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Figure 1.6 is a stacked bar chart illustrating the area of new planting in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from 1976 to 2012 (year ending March). In the period 1976 to 1990, the area of new planting in the UK fluctuated between 20 thousand hectares and 30 thousand hectares. The figures then declined to an average of around 20 thousand hectares in 1991 to 2001 and further declined to less than 10 thousand hectares in the last few years, before rising to 13 thousand hectares in 2012. The fall in new planting area for most of the period was largely attributable to a reduction in new planting in Scotland. New planting in England showed a general increase from around 2 thousand hectares between 1976 and 1990 to around 5 thousand hectares until 2005 before falling in more recent years. Figures for new planting in Wales and in Northern Ireland have both decreased over the entire time period. The increase UK new planting in 2012 has mainly been driven by an increase in Scotland.