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Forestry Statistics 2015 - Woodland Areas and Planting

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Statutory Plant Health Notices may require the felling and destruction of infected trees or containment of infested material on site, and are issued by the Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales or the Forest Service to prevent the spread of pests and diseases. Similar actions are also required within woodland owned or managed by these organisations. They are currently being issued to attempt to slow down the spread of Phytophthora ramorum, first found in Japanese larch in the UK in 2009. There is no legal requirement for woodland to be restocked after felling under a Statutory Plant Health Notice. There are alternative arrangements within Scotland's P. ramorum Management Zone, where Statutory Plant Health Notices are not being issued but felling licences are still required. In Wales' P. ramorum Core Disease Zone SPHNs are still served to contain material on site, but felling still requires a felling licence.

Table 1.16a shows the number of sites where a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served in the UK over the last 5 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 187 sites were served with Statutory Plant Health Notices between April 2014 and March 2015.

Table 1.16a  Number of sites where a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served1, 2010-11 to 2014-15

Year

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

UK

2010-11

114

24

1

10

149

2011-12

131

129

14

16

290

2012-13

169

90

 123

15

397

2013-14

244

253

76

 28

601

2014-15

147

14 

9

17

187

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 0.4 thousand hectares in 2014-15. Around two thirds of the area to be felled in 2014-15 was in England (64%), 20% was in Wales, 11% was in Northern Ireland and the remaining 5% was in Scotland.

Table 1.16b  Felling areas under Statutory Plant Health Notices1, 2010-11 to 2014-15

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

3.7

0.3

0.5

5.3

2014-15

0.3

 0.1

0.0

0.0

 0.4

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 2014 as required by plant health legislation can be found in the Wood Production Summary section of Chapter 2 by following the link below.

 

Links to Forestry Statistics 2015