Forestry Statistics is a compendium of statistical information about woodland, forestry and primary wood processing in the UK. Traditionally forestry statistics have focused on forests as a source of timber, and on the use of timber by wood processing industries. However, in recent years, it has been increasingly recognised that a wider range of environmental and social aspects of woodland should be reflected in the statistical information that is collected and published. This publication makes some progress in providing more information about environment and recreation, but it is still weighted towards the traditional topics that have the best quality data. A more balanced set of information is provided by the UK Indicators of Sustainable Forestry
, which were subject to consultation during 2001-02, before being published in October 2002.
For more information and the results of other statistical surveys visit the Economics and Statistics web pages at www.forestry.gov.uk/statistics