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Forestry Statistics 2013 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Woodland Area

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The area of woodland in the UK at 31 March 2013 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 (4%) is in Northern Ireland.

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

Table 1.1 Area of woodland1 by ownership & forest type at 31 March 2013

Forest type and ownership

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland2

        UK

thousand hectares

Conifers

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/FS woodland

154

100

447

56

756

          Non-FC/FS woodland

181

51

619

11

863

            Total

335

152

1 066

66

1 619

Broadleaves3

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/FS woodland

60 17 34 6 117

          Non-FC/FS woodland

905 137 310 39 1 391

            Total

965 154 344 45 1 508

Total

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/FS woodland

214 117 480 62 873

          Non-FC/FS woodland

1 086 189 930 49 2 254

            Total

1 300 305 1 410 111 3 127

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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