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Forestry Statistics 2013 - Woodland Areas and Planting

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Table 1.15 shows the area covered by unconditional felling licences issued by the Forestry Commission in England and Scotland over the last six years. The figures do not include unconditional felling licences issued to permit thinning of woodlands. The table covers woodland in England and Scotland that is not owned or managed by the Forestry Commission only; it does not cover felling that is exempt from felling licence approval (such as authorisations for felling under planning regulations, felling required under a Statutory Plant Health Notice or felling that is approved on condition that the area is restocked).

A total of 0.3 thousand hectares of woodland in England and 0.2 thousand hectares of woodland in Scotland was covered by unconditional felling licences (with no requirement to restock) in the year to March 2013.

Table 1.15  Areas of non-Forestry Commission woodland covered by unconditional felling licences1, 2007-08 to 2012-13

Year

 England

 Scotland

 thousand hectares

2007-08

0.4

0.1

2008-09

0.4

0.2

2009-10

0.5

0.2

2010-11

0.5

0.1

2011-12

0.6

0.1

2012-13

0.3

0.2

Source:  Forestry Commission

Notes:

1.  Felling licences issued in the period. Excludes areas exempt from felling licence approval and licences issued for thinning.

2.  Information on the type of unconditional felling licence (thinning/clearfell) is not available for felling licences issued in Wales for woodland that is not under FC grant.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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