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Forestry Statistics 2015 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Woodland Area

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The Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales and the Forest Service owned or managed 28% of the total woodland area in the UK in 2014 (Table 1.3). This proportion ranged from 16% of the woodland area in England to 55% in Northern Ireland.

Table 1.3 Area of woodland1 in the UK by ownership, 2011-2015

Ownership

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland2

        UK

thousand hectares

FC/NRW/FS woodland

         

     2011

213 115 479 61 869

     2012

214 117 481 62 874

     2013

214 117 481 62 874

     2014

215 117 477 62 871

     2015

215 117 478 62 871

Private sector woodland

         

     2011

1 079 189 904 27 2 199

     2012

1 083 188 922 44 2 236

     2013

1 084 188 930 49 2 252

     2014

1 087 189 947 50 2 273

     2015

1 090 189 954 50 2 283

Total woodland

         

     2011

1 292 304 1 383 88 3 067

     2012

1 298 305 1 403 105 3 110

     2013

1 298 305 1 411 111 3 125

     2014

1 302 306 1 424 111 3 143

     2015

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.  Northern Ireland figures since 2012 are obtained from the Northern Ireland Woodland Register. 

 

 

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