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Forestry Statistics 2013 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Felling

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Statutory Plant Health Notices, requiring the felling of infected trees, are issued by the Forestry Commission/Forest Service to prevent the spread of pests and diseases. They are currently being issued to attempt to halt the spread of Phytophthora ramorum, first found in Japanese larch in the UK in 2009. Unlike the majority of felling licences, which are granted on condition that the area to be felled is restocked, there is no legal requirement for woodland to be restocked after felling under a Statutory Plant Health Notice.

Table 1.16a shows the number of sites where a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served in the UK over the last 3 years and Table 1.16b shows the area required to be felled under these Notices. The tables cover all woodland, including sites owned or managed by the Forestry Commission in Great Britain (including sites now managed by Natural Resources Wales) or the Forest Service in Northern Ireland. 

A total of 388 sites were served with Statutory Plant Health Notices between April 2012 and March 2013.

Table 1.16a  Number of sites where a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served1, 2010-11 to 2012-13

Year

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

UK

2010-11

119

24

1

9

153

2011-12

131

129

14

16

290

2012-13

163

90

 121

14

388

Source: Forestry Commission, Forest Service

Note:

1.  The number of sites where infection by Phytophthora ramorum has been confirmed, or where there is sufficient suspicion of infection, and a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served on the landowner.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

Areas requiring felling under Statutory Plant Health Notices totalled 2.2 thousand hectares in 2012-13, an 89% increase from the 2011-12 total of 1.2 thousand hectares. Over one half of the area to be felled was in Wales (57%), one fifth was in England (21%), 16% was in Scotland and the remaining 7% was in Northern Ireland.

Table 1.16b  Felling areas under Statutory Plant Health Notices1, 2010-11 to 2012-13

Year

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

UK

thousand hectares 

2010-11

1.1

0.9

0.0

0.3

2.3

2011-12

0.5

0.5

0.1

0.1

1.2

2012-13

0.5

1.3

0.3

0.2

2.2

Source: Forestry Commission, Forest Service

Note:

1.  The area that is required to be felled within the Statutory Plant Health Notice.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

Links to Forestry Statistics 2013