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Forestry Statistics 2015 - Woodland Areas and Planting

National Forest Inventory

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Table 1.7 presents the area of broadleaves, broken down by age class, ownership and country.

Around one half (53%) of the broadleaved area was occupied by stands of 40 years old or younger (Table 1.7). More than one quarter (28%) of stands were aged over 60 years.

Table 1.7 Stocked woodland area in GB by ownership and age class: Broadleaves

Age class (years)

England

  Wales

Scotland

        GB

thousand hectares

FC

       

0-20

8

7

11

25

21-40

6

2

5

13

41-60

13

2

4

19

61-80

13

2

4

19

81-100

4

1

2

7

100+

10 3 5 18

All age classes

54

16

32

102

Private sector

       

0-20

217 30 84 332

21-40

227 33 84 344

41-60

145 22 58 225

61-80

117 15 22 154

81-100

92 11 9 112

100+

51 10 7 67

All age classes

849 121 265 1 235

Total

       

0-20

225 37 95 357

21-40

232 36 90 357

41-60

157 24 63 244

61-80

130 17 26 173

81-100

97 12 11 119

100+

61 12 12 85

All age classes

902 137 297 1 337

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

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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