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Forestry Statistics 2015 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Woodland Area

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The area of woodland in the UK at 31 March 2015 is estimated to be 3.15 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 2015

Forest type and ownership

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland2

        UK

thousand hectares

Conifers

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/NRW/FS woodland

151

98

438

56

743

          Private sector woodland

188

53

619

11

871

            Total

339

150

1 057

67

1 614

Broadleaves3

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/NRW/FS woodland

64 19 40 6 129

          Private sector woodland

901 136 335 39 1 412

            Total

965 156 375 45 1 540

Total

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/NRW/FS woodland

215 117 478 62 871

          Private sector woodland

1 090 189 954 50 2 283

            Total

1 304 306 1 432 112 3 154

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

Notes:

1.  FC: Forestry Commission (England and Scotland), NRW: Natural Resources Wales, FS: Forest Service (Northern Ireland). NRW estimates only relate to woodland formerly owned/managed by FC Wales.

2.  Private sector: all other woodland. Includes woodland previously owned/managed by the Countryside Council for Wales and the Environment Agency in Wales, other publicly owned woodland (e.g. owned by local authorities) and privately owned woodland.

3.  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. Further information on how the figures have been estimated is available in the Sources chapter. 

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

5.  Broadleaves include coppice and coppice with standards.

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