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Forestry Statistics 2013 - Woodland Areas and Planting

National Forest Inventory

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Table 1.8 presents the area of conifers, broken down by principal species, ownership and country.

Sitka spruce accounts for around one half (50%) of the conifer area in Great Britain (Table 1.8), followed by Scots pine (18%) and Larches (10%). Sitka spruce is less dominant in England, accounting for just one quarter (25%) of the conifer area there.

Table 1.8 Stocked woodland area in GB by ownership and principal species: Conifers

Principal species

England

  Wales

Scotland

        GB

thousand hectares

Forestry Commission

 

 

   

   Sitka spruce

48

50

229

327

   Scots pine

17

2

45

64

   Corsican pine

27

2

2

31

   Norway spruce

7

5

11

23

   Larches

10

12

26

49

   Douglas fir

10

5

5

20

   Lodgepole pine

4

3

52

59

   Other conifers

5

3

3

11

   All conifers

128

81

374

583

Non-FC

       

   Sitka spruce

33

28

294

355

   Scots pine

50

2

126

178

   Corsican pine

16

1

1

18

   Norway spruce

22

2

15

39

   Larches

34

9

42

85

   Douglas fir

16

5

5

25

   Lodgepole pine

4

2

42

47

   Other conifers

19

3

6

28

All conifers

193

50

532

774

Total

       

   Sitka spruce

81

77

523

682

   Scots pine

66

4

171

241

   Corsican pine

43

3

3

49

   Norway spruce

29

7

26

62

   Larches

44

21

68

133

   Douglas fir

25

10

11

45

   Lodgepole pine

8

4

94

106

   Other conifers

24

6

10

39

All conifers

320

131

906

1 357

Source: National Forest Inventory: Standing timber volume for coniferous trees in Britain (April 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

Links to Forestry Statistics 2013