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Forestry Statistics 2016 - Woodland Areas and Planting

New planting and restocking

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Six thousand hectares of new woodland were created and 14 thousand hectares of woodland were restocked in the UK in 2015-16 (Table 1.13). Broadleaved species accounted for around two thirds (65%) of the new planting area but just 26% of the restocking area in 2015-16.

Table 1.13 New planting & restocking by forest type

Year
(ending 31/3)

New planting Restocking Total
thousand hectares

 

Conifers

Broadleaves

Total

Conifers

Broadleaves

Total

Conifers

Broadleaves

Total

England

 

               

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

2015-16

0.0 0.7 0.7 2.2 1.1 3.3 2.2 1.9 4.0

Wales

                 

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

2015-16

0.0 0.1 0.1 1.2 0.6 1.8 1.2 0.7 1.9

Scotland

                 

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

2015-16

1.9 2.7 4.6 6.0 1.8 7.8 7.9 4.6 12.5

Northern Ireland

                 

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

2015-16

0.0 0.1 0.1 0.7 0.0 0.7 0.7 0.1 0.8

UK

                 

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

2015-16

1.9 3.6 5.5 10.0 3.6 13.6 12.0 7.2 19.2

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 and, for England, includes new planting supported by The Woodland Trust and (to 2014-15) by Natural England.  Figures for grant-aided planting under Rural Development Contracts in Scotland relate to calendar years.

2.  No estimates of areas planted without grant aid are included.  As a result, the reported figures are likely to under-estimate the true level of planting activity.
 
3.  The planting season lies both sides of 31 March, and the weather can cause planting to be advanced or delayed.

4.  Includes natural colonisation and natural regeneration. 
 
5.  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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