Forestry Statistics 2012 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Land use

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Not all land that is owned or managed by the Forestry Commission (in Great Britain) or the Forest Service (in Northern Ireland) is woodland; other land uses include agricultural land and mountain areas and moorland.

Woodland accounted for 79% of all Forestry Commission/Forest Service land in the UK in 2012 (Table 1.5). This proportion was highest in Wales (94%) and lowest in Scotland (74%).

Table 1.5 Land use of the FC and FS, 2008-2012

Year (ending 31/3)

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

thousand hectares

Woodland

 

 

   

 

     2008

214 115 482 61 873

     2009

214 115 481 61 872

     2010

213 115 478 61 868

     2011

213 115 479 61 869

     2012

214 117 481 62  874

Other land1

         

     2008

44 9 185 14 252

     2009

43 9 184 14 251

     2010

43 9 182 14 249

     2011

40 9 175 14 239

     2012

 38  7  171 14  230

Total FC/FS land area

         

     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

     2012

253 124 651 75 1 103

Source: Forestry Commission, Forest Service.

Notes:

1.  "Other land" includes agricultural land and areas of moorland and mountain.

Links to Forestry Statistics 2012