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Forestry Statistics 2014 - 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 (51%) of the conifer area in Great Britain (Table 1.8), followed by Scots pine (17%) and Larches (10%). Sitka spruce is less dominant in England, accounting for just one quarter (26%) 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

FC

 

 

   

   Sitka spruce

49

50

225

323

   Scots pine

17

2

45

64

   Corsican pine

27

2

2

30

   Norway spruce

7

5

11

23

   Larches

10

12

26

48

   Douglas fir

10

5

5

20

   Lodgepole pine

4

3

49

56

   Other conifers

5

3

3

11

   All conifers

128

82

367

576

Private sector

       

   Sitka spruce

32

27

282

341

   Scots pine

45

1

109

154

   Corsican pine

14

0

1

15

   Norway spruce

21

3

15

38

   Larches

30

8

39

78

   Douglas fir

15

3

7

25

   Lodgepole pine

3

1

39

44

   Other conifers

19

2

8

29

All conifers

179

47

505

732

Total

       

   Sitka spruce

80

77

507

665

   Scots pine

61

3

154

218

   Corsican pine

40

2

3

46

   Norway spruce

27

8

25

61

   Larches

40

20

66

126

   Douglas fir

25

9

12

46

   Lodgepole pine

8

4

88

100

   Other conifers

24

5

11

40

All conifers

307

129

872

1 308

Source: National Forest Inventory: 50-year forecast of softwood availability (Forestry Commission, April 2014).

Notes:

1. Stocked area only: excludes felled areas and (for private sector land) open space.

2.  Areas at 31 March 2012.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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