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Forestry Statistics 2015 - Woodland Areas and Planting

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Table 1.9 presents the area of broadleaves, broken down by principal species, ownership and country.

The most commonly occurring broadleaved species in Great Britain are Birch (accounting for 18% of broadleaf woodland), Oak (16%) and Ash (12%) (Table 1.9). Birch is more dominant in Scotland, accounting for 43% of the broadleaf area there.

Table 1.9 Stocked woodland area in GB by ownership and principal species: Broadleaves

Principal species

England

  Wales

Scotland

        GB

thousand hectares

FC

 

 

   

   Oak

16

3

3

21

   Beech

13

2

1

15

   Sycamore

1

0

0

2

   Ash

3

1

0

4

   Birch

6

2

11

19

   Sweet chestnut

1

0

0

1

   Hazel

0

0

0

1

   Hawthorn

0

0

0

0

   Alder

1

0

1

1

   Willow

0

0

0

0

   Other broadleaves

14

9

15

38

   All broadleaves

54

16

32

102

Private sector

       

   Oak

151

23

23

198

   Beech

59

5

15

78

   Sycamore

74

9

21

105

   Ash

120

18

15

153

   Birch

90

11

116

217

   Sweet chestnut

28

0

0

28

   Hazel

64

14

8

86

   Hawthorn

57

8

8

73

   Alder

30

10

16

56

   Willow

41

11

13

65

   Other broadleaves

133

12

29

174

   All broadleaves

849

121

265

1 235

Total

       

   Oak

167

26

26

219

   Beech

72

6

15

94

   Sycamore

75

9

22

106

   Ash

123

19

16

157

   Birch

96

12

128

236

   Sweet chestnut

28

0

0

29

   Hazel

65

14

8

87

   Hawthorn

57

8

8

73

   Alder

31

10

17

58

   Willow

41

11

13

65

   Other broadleaves

146

21

44

212

   All broadleaves

902

137

297

1 337

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

Notes:

1. FC: Forestry Commission (England, Scotland and 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. Stocked area only: excludes felled areas and (for private sector land) open space.

4.  Areas at 31 March 2012.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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