Figure 1.6 - New planting in the UK, 1976-2016
Figure 1.6 is a stacked area chart illustrating the area of new planting in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from 1976 to 2016 (year ending March). In the period 1976 to 1990, the area of new planting in the UK fluctuated between 20 thousand hectares and 30 thousand hectares. The figures then declined to an average of around 20 thousand hectares in 1991 to 2001 and further declined to less than 10 thousand hectares between 2008 and 2011, before rising to around 11 to 13 thousand hectares in 2012 to 2014. Between 2014 and 2016 the area of new planting has then declined, to around 5 thousand hectares. Previously the fall in new planting area was largely attributable to a reduction in new planting in Scotland, but more recently there has been a decrease in areas of new planting across the whole UK.