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Forestry Statistics 2015 - Woodland Areas and Planting

National Forest Inventory

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Table 1.6 presents the area of conifers, broken down by age class, ownership and country.

Sixty-one percent of the coniferous woodland area in Great Britain was occupied by stands of 40 years old or younger (Table 1.6). A further 9% of stands were aged over 60 years.

Table 1.6 Stocked woodland area in GB by ownership and age class: Conifers

Age class (years)

England

  Wales

Scotland

        GB

thousand hectares

FC

 

 

 

 

0-20

33 24 76 134

21-40

38

25

145

208

41-60

39

25

111

176

61-80

12

7

25

44

81-100

4

1

6

11

100+

1 0 3 4

All age classes 

128

82

367

576

Private sector 

 

 

 

 

0-20 

17

8

126

151

21-40 

54

22

231

306

41-60 

83

15

116

214

61-80 

19

1

18

38

81-100 

3

2

6

11

100+ 

3

1

9

12

All age classes 

179

47

505

732

Total 

 

 

 

 

0-20

51

32

202

285

21-40

92

46

376

514

41-60

123

39

227

389

61-80

31

8

43

82

81-100

7

2

12

22

100+

3

1

12

16

All age classes

307

129

872

1 308

Source: National Forest Inventory: 50-year forecast of softwood 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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