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Forestry Statistics 2013 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Land use

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Not all land that is owned or managed by the Forestry Commission in Great Britain (including land now managed by Natural Resources Wales) or the Forest Service in Northern Ireland is woodland; other land uses include agricultural land and mountain areas and moorland.

Woodland accounted for 79% of all Forestry Commission/Forest Service land in the UK in 2013 (Table 1.5). This proportion was highest in Wales (94%) and lowest in Scotland (74%).

Table 1.5 Land use of the FC and FS, 2009-2013

Year (ending 31/3)

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

thousand hectares

Woodland

 

 

   

 

     2009

214 115 481 61 872

     2010

213 115 478 61 868

     2011

213 115 479 61 869

     2012

214 117 481 62  874

     2013

214 117 480 62 873

Other land1

         

     2009

43 9 184 14 251

     2010

43 9 182 14 249

     2011

40 9 175 14 239

     2012

 38  7  170 14  229

     2013

38 7 171 14 230

Total FC/FS land area

         

     2009

258 124 665 76 1 123

     2010

257 124 660 75 1 116

     2011

254 124 654 75 1 108

     2012

253 124 651 75 1 103

     2013

253 124 652 75 1 104

Source: Forestry Commission, Forest Service.

Notes:

1.  "Other land" includes agricultural land and areas of moorland and mountain.

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