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Woodland Area, Planting & Restocking - 2015 edition

The latest National Statistics on Woodland Area, Planting & Restocking produced by the Forestry Commission were released on 11 June 2015 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

The First Release contains provisional statistics for the year to March 2015 on:

  • UK woodland area;
  • certified woodland area; and
  • areas of new planting and restocking.

The main findings are:

  • The area of woodland in the UK at 31 March 2015 is 3.15 million hectares. This represents 13% of the total land area in the UK, 10% in England, 15% in Wales, 18% in Scotland and 8% in Northern Ireland. 
  • Of the total UK woodland area, 0.87 million hectares is owned or managed by the Forestry Commission (in England and Scotland), Natural Resources Wales or the Forest Service (in Northern Ireland).
  • The total certified woodland area in the UK at 31 March 2015 is 1.38 million hectares, including all Forestry Commission/Natural Resources Wales/Forest Service woodland. Overall, 44% of the UK woodland area is certified.
  • Ten thousand hectares of new woodland were created in the UK in 2014-15, mostly with broadleaved species.
  • Eighteen thousand hectares of woodland were restocked in the UK in 2014-15, mostly with conifers.

Coverage: United Kingdom

Geographical breakdown: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

First Release:
Woodland Area, Planting & Restocking

Longer time series for new planting and restocking and for certified woodland

Quality report: Woodland Area, Planting and Restocking

Statistician: Jeremy Darot

Jackie Watson
Tel: 0300 067 5238

Next update:
24 September 2015 - final results for the year to March 2015 (see Forestry Facts & Figures 2015 and Forestry Statistics 2015)
16 June 2016 - provisional results for the year to March 2016

Pre-release access:
Information on pre-release access to this publication can be found in the pre-release access page.

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Last updated: 7th November 2016