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Forestry Statistics 2014 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Woodland Area

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The area of woodland in the UK at 31 March 2014 is 3.1 million hectares (Table 1.1). Of this total, 1.4 million hectares (45%) is in Scotland, 1.3 million hectares (41%) is in England, 0.3 million hectares (10%) is in Wales and 0.1 million hectares (4%) is in Northern Ireland.

Conifers account for around one half (51%) of the UK woodland area, although this proportion varies from around one quarter (26%) in England to around three quarters (74%) in Scotland.

Table 1.1 Area of woodland1 by ownership & forest type at 31 March 2014

Forest type and ownership

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland2

        UK

thousand hectares

Conifers

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/NRW/FS woodland

151

98

438

56

742

          Private sector woodland

188

53

614

11

866

            Total

339

151

1 051

66

1 608

Broadleaves3

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/NRW/FS woodland

64 19 39 6 129

          Private sector woodland

899 136 328 39 1 402

            Total

962 156 368 45 1 531

Total

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/NRW/FS woodland

215 117 477 62 870

          Private sector woodland

1 087 189 942 50 2 268

            Total

1 302 306 1 419 111 3 138

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, Forest Service, National Forest Inventory.

Notes:

1.  Figures for England, Wales and Scotland are based on data obtained from the National Forest Inventory (NFI) and adjusted for new planting, but at present no adjustment is made for woodland recently converted to another land use.  

2.  Figures for Northern Ireland are obtained from the Northern Ireland Woodland Register. 

3.  Broadleaves include coppice and coppice with standards.

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