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Forestry Statistics 2015 - Woodland Areas and Planting

New planting and restocking

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Ten thousand hectares of new woodland were created and eighteen thousand hectares of woodland were restocked in the UK in 2014-15 (Table 1.13). Broadleaved species accounted for around three quarters (75%) of the new planting area but just 39% of the restocking area in 2014-15.

Table 1.13 New planting & restocking by forest type

Year
(ending 31/3)

New plantingRestockingTotal
thousand hectares

 

Conifers

Broadleaves

Total

Conifers

Broadleaves

Total

Conifers

Broadleaves

Total

England

 

               

2010-11 

0.0 2.5 2.5 2.3 1.7 4.0 2.3 4.2 6.5

2011-12

0.0 2.7 2.7 2.0 1.6 3.6 2.1 4.2 6.3

2012-13 

0.0 2.6 2.6 2.2 1.8 4.0 2.2 4.4 6.6

2013-14

0.0 3.3 3.3 2.6 1.9 4.5 2.6 5.2 7.8

2014-15 

0.1 2.3 2.4 2.0 4.4 6.4 2.1 6.7 8.8

Wales

                 

2010-11

0.0 0.3 0.3 1.3 0.8 2.1 1.3 1.1 2.4

2011-12

0.1 0.6 0.8 1.4 0.6 2.0 1.5 1.2 2.7

2012-13 

0.1 0.8 0.9 1.4 0.6 2.0 1.5 1.4 2.9

2013-14 

0.1 0.8 0.9 1.4 0.8 2.3 1.6 1.6 3.2

2014-15

0.0 0.1 0.1 1.3 0.6 1.9 1.3 0.7 2.0

Scotland

                 

2010-11

1.8 4.2 6.0 5.6 1.3 6.9 7.4 5.5 12.9

2011-12

3.3 5.7 9.0 4.6 1.1 5.7 7.9 6.8 14.7

2012-13 

1.7 5.3 7.0 5.1 0.9 6.0 6.8 6.3 13.1

2013-14 

2.0 6.3 8.3 6.5 1.4 7.9 8.5 7.7 16.2

2014-15

2.5 5.1 7.6 6.6 1.9 8.5 9.1 7.0 16.0

Northern Ireland

                 

2010-11 

0.0 0.2 0.3 1.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.3 1.3

2011-12

0.0 0.3 0.3 0.9 0.1 1.0 0.9 0.4 1.3

2012-13 

0.0 0.2 0.3  1.1 0.1  1.2 1.1 0.4 1.4

2013-14 

0.0 0.3 0.3 1.0 0.1 1.2 1.1 0.4 1.5

2014-15

0.0 0.2 0.2 0.8 0.0 0.8 0.8 0.2 1.0

UK

                 

2010-11 

1.8 7.3 9.1 10.3 3.8 14.0 12.1 11.0 23.1

2011-12

3.5 9.3 12.8 9.0 3.3 12.3 12.4 12.6 25.1

2012-13 

1.9 8.9 10.8 9.7 3.4 13.1 11.6 12.3 23.9

2013-14

2.2 10.7 12.9 11.6 4.2 15.8 13.8 14.9 28.7

2014-15

2.6 7.7 10.3 10.7 6.9 17.6 13.3 14.7 27.9

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, Forest Service, grant schemes.

Notes:

1.  Private sector figures are based on areas for which grants were paid during the year. Estimate of areas planted without grant aid are also included (where possible), although private sector non grant-aided planting may be under-represented in the figures. Figures for grant-aided planting under Rural Development Contracts in Scotland relate to calendar years.

2.  The planting season lies both sides of 31 March, and the weather can cause planting to be advanced or delayed.

3.  Includes natural colonisation and natural regeneration.

4. Restocking by natural regeneration in non-clearfell areas may be under-represented in the above table.

Data: Longer time series of the above table are available from the Woodland Statistics web page.

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