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Forestry Statistics 2013 - Woodland Areas and Planting

National Forest Inventory

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Table 1.9 presents the area of broadleaves, broken down by principal species, ownership and country.

The most commonly occurring broadleaved species in Great Britain are Oak and Birch (each accounting for 18% of broadleaf woodland) and Ash (11%) (Table 1.9). Birch is more dominant in Scotland, accounting for 44% of the broadleaf area there.

Table 1.9 Stocked woodland area in GB by ownership and principal species: Broadleaves

Principal species

England

  Wales

Scotland

        GB

thousand hectares

Forestry Commission

 

 

   

   Oak

16

2

2

20

   Beech

13

2

1

15

   Sycamore

1

0

0

1

   Ash

3

0

0

3

   Birch

4

1

9

15

   Sweet chestnut

1

0

0

1

   Hazel

0

0

0

1

   Hawthorn

0

0

0

0

   Alder

0

0

1

1

   Willow

0

0

0

0

   Other broadleaves

12

8

14

33

   All broadleaves

50

14

27

91

Non-FC

       

   Oak

163

22

24

210

   Beech

68

6

14

88

   Sycamore

81

10

18

108

   Ash

108

17

13

138

   Birch

94

10

109

212

   Sweet chestnut

27

0

0

27

   Hazel

69

13

6

87

   Hawthorn

49

5

6

61

   Alder

29

9

14

52

   Willow

33

9

9

50

   Other broadleaves

115

10

26

152

   All broadleaves

836

113

238

1 186

Total

       

   Oak

179

25

27

230

   Beech

81

8

14

103

   Sycamore

82

10

18

110

   Ash

110

18

13

142

   Birch

98

11

118

227

   Sweet chestnut

28

0

0

28

   Hazel

69

13

6

88

   Hawthorn

49

5

6

61

   Alder

30

9

14

53

   Willow

33

9

9

51

   Other broadleaves

127

18

40

185

   All broadleaves

886

126

265

1 277

Source: National Forest Inventory preliminary estimates of quantities of broadleaved species in British woodlands, with special focus on ash (December, 2012).

Notes:

1. Stocked area only: excludes felled areas and (for non-FC land) open space.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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