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Forestry Statistics 2016 - Woodland Areas and Planting

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Not all land that is owned or managed by the Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales or the Forest Service in Northern Ireland is woodland; other land uses include agricultural land and mountain areas and moorland.

The Natural Resources Wales woodland areas and land areas shown relate to areas previously owned or managed by Forestry Commission Wales. They exclude any areas previously owned or managed by other parts of Natural Resources Wales, such as the former Environment Agency Wales and the former Countryside Council for Wales.

Woodland accounted for 79% of all Forestry Commission/Natural Resources Wales/Forest Service land in the UK at 31 March 2016 (Table 1.5). This proportion was highest in Wales (95%) and lowest in Scotland (74%).

Table 1.5 Land use of the FC, NRW and FS1, 2012-2016

Year

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

thousand hectares

Woodland

 

 

   

 

     2012

214 117 481 62 874

     2013

214 117 481 62  874

     2014

215 117 477 62 871

     2015

215 117 478 62 871

     2016

215 117 471 62 864

Other land2

         

     2012

38 7 170 14 229

     2013

 38  7  171 14  230

     2014

38 7 170 14 228

     2015

38 7 171 13 229

     2016

38 7 170 13 228

Total FC/NRW/FS
land area

         

     2012

253 124 651 75 1 103

     2013

253 124 652 75 1 104

     2014

253 124 647 75 1 099

     2015

253 124 649 75 1 100

     2016

253 124 640 75 1 092

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

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. "Other land" includes agricultural land and areas of moorland and mountain.

3. Areas as at 31 March.