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Forestry Statistics 2014 - Woodland Areas and Planting

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Table 1.11 presents the volume of broadleaved growing stock, broken down by principal species, ownership and country.

The total volume of broadleaved growing stock in Great Britain is 245 million m3 overbark standing (Table 1.11).

Oak (28%), Ash (16%) and Beech (12%) accounted for the majority of the broadleaved volume. To some extent, this reflects the distribution of species by area (see Table 1.9).

Table 1.11 Growing stock in GB by ownership and principal species: Broadleaves

Principal species

England

  Wales

Scotland

        GB

miilion cubic metres overbark standing

FC

 

 

   

   Oak

3.3

0.5

0.6

4.4

   Beech

2.8

0.4

0.1

3.4

   Sycamore

0.1

0.0

0.0

0.2

   Ash

0.4

0.1

0.0

0.5

   Birch

0.5

0.1

1.7

2.3

   Sweet chestnut

0.1

0.0

0.0

0.1

   Hazel

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.1

   Hawthorn

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

   Alder

0.1

0.0

0.1

0.2

   Willow

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

   Other broadleaves

1.3

0.8

1.2

3.3

    All broadleaves

8.7

1.9

3.9

14.5

Private sector

       

   Oak

51.7

7.7

5.6

65.0

   Beech

19.8

1.6

5.2

26.6

   Sycamore

16.2

2.4

4.8

23.4

   Ash

30.1

6.9

2.8

39.8

   Birch

11.3

1.2

8.5

20.9

   Sweet chestnut

7.7

0.2

0.0

7.9

   Hazel

5.0

0.9

0.4

6.4

   Hawthorn

2.8

0.4

0.3

3.4

   Alder

6.8

2.1

1.9

10.8

   Willow

4.9

0.8

0.9

6.5

   Other broadleaves

16.0

1.1

2.6

19.6

    All broadleaves

172.3

25.4

32.9

230.6

Total

       

   Oak

55.0

8.1

6.3

69.4

   Beech

22.6

2.0

5.3

29.9

   Sycamore

16.4

2.4

4.9

23.6

   Ash

30.5

7.0

2.8

40.3

   Birch

11.8

1.3

10.1

23.2

   Sweet chestnut

7.8

0.2

0.0

8.0

   Hazel

5.1

0.9

0.5

6.5

   Hawthorn

2.8

0.4

0.3

3.4

   Alder

6.9

2.2

1.9

11.0

   Willow

4.9

0.8

0.9

6.5

   Other broadleaves

17.2

1.8

3.8

22.9

    All broadleaves

181.0

27.3

36.8

245.1

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

Notes:

1.  Areas at 31 March 2012.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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