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Forestry Statistics 2014 - Woodland Areas and Planting

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Statutory Plant Health Notices, requiring the felling of infected trees, are issued by the Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales or the Forest Service to prevent the spread of pests and diseases. They are currently being issued to attempt to halt the spread of Phytophthora ramorum, first found in Japanese larch in the UK in 2009. Unlike the majority of felling licences, which are granted on condition that the area to be felled is restocked, there is no legal requirement for woodland to be restocked after felling under a Statutory Plant Health Notice.

Table 1.16a shows the number of sites where a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served in the UK over the last 4 years and Table 1.16b shows the area required to be felled under these Notices. The tables cover all woodland, including sites owned or managed by the Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales or the Forest Service. 

A total of 575 sites were served with Statutory Plant Health Notices between April 2013 and March 2014.

Table 1.16a  Number of sites where a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served1, 2010-11 to 2013-14

Year

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

UK

2010-11

114

24

1

10

149

2011-12

131

129

14

16

290

2012-13

166

90

 123

15

394

2013-14

223

253

76

 23

575

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, Forest Service

Note:

1.  The number of sites where infection by Phytophthora ramorum has been confirmed, or where there is sufficient suspicion of infection, and a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served on the landowner.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

Areas requiring felling under Statutory Plant Health Notices totalled 4.8 thousand hectares in 2013-14, more than double the 2012-13 total of 2.3 thousand hectares. Around two thirds of the area to be felled in 2013-14 was in Wales (67%), 16% was in England, 10% was in Northern Ireland and the remaining 6% was in Scotland.

Table 1.16b  Felling areas under Statutory Plant Health Notices1, 2010-11 to 2013-14

Year

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

UK

thousand hectares 

2010-11

1.2

0.9

0.0

0.3

2.3

2011-12

0.5

0.5

0.1

0.1

1.2

2012-13

0.5

1.3

0.4

0.2

2.3

2013-14

0.8

3.3

0.3

0.5

4.8

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, Forest Service

Note:

1.  The area that is required to be felled within the Statutory Plant Health Notice.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics.

 

Estimates of the volume of softwood removed in 2013 under a movement license, as required by a Statutory Plant Health Notice, can be found in the Wood Production Summary section of Chapter 2 by following the link below.

 

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