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Forestry Statistics and Forestry Facts & Figures

The latest National Statistics on forestry produced by the Forestry Commission were released on 22 September 2016 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Detailed statistics are published in the web publication Forestry Statistics 2016, with an extract in Forestry Facts & Figures 2016. They include UK statistics on woodland area, planting, timber, trade, climate change, environment, recreation, employment and finance & prices as well as some statistics on international forestry. Where possible, figures are also provided for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The key points from the latest releases are:

  • The woodland area in the United Kingdom in 2016 is 3.16 million hectares: 1.35 million hectares (43%) are independently certified as sustainably managed.
  • Six thousand hectares of new woodland were created in the UK in 2015-16.
  • 10.8 million green tonnes of UK roundwood (softwood and hardwood) were delivered to primary wood processors and others in 2015, representing a 6% decrease from the previous year.
  • Wood products imported into the UK in 2015 were valued at £7.5 billion and included 6.3 million cubic metres of sawnwood, 3.2 million cubic metres of wood-based panels, 6.5 million tonnes of wood pellets and 5.9 million tonnes of paper.
  • A total of 238 projects were registered under the Woodland Carbon Code at 30 June 2016, covering an area of 16.0 thousand hectares of woodland and projected to sequester 5.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.
  • Over one half of the UK population had visited woodland in the last few years.
  • The Annual Business Survey reported average employment in 2014 of 16 thousand in forestry and 27 thousand in primary wood processing.
  • Gross Value added (GVA) in primary wood processing (sawmilling, panels and pulp & paper) was £1.39 billion in the UK in 2014.  GVA in forestry was £0.58 billion.
  • The UK was the third largest net importer (imports less exports) of forest products in 2014, behind China and Japan.

Coverage:  United Kingdom

Geographical breakdown:  England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Forestry Statistics 2016 

PDFs of individual chapters can also be dowloaded below:

Forestry Facts & Figures 2016 (available in EXCEL format and as a PDF fold-up for A3 printing only. Alternatively, a leaflet can be ordered for free from Forestry Commission Publications)

Data:  All tables are available to download from the Forestry Statistics publication. In addition, longer time series data for some topics are available from the data downloads page on our website.

Statistician:  Sheila Ward

Jackie Watson
Tel:  0300 067 5238

Next update:
28 September 2017

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

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Earlier publications are also available, but please note that figures are subject to revision in subsequent releases.

Forestry Statistics:

 Forestry Facts & Figures:

 * A correction was made to the conifer/broadleaf breakdown of woodland area (forestry statistics 2013 Table 1.1 and Forestry Facts & Figures 2013) in February 2014.

Other releases: 

From 2007, Forestry Statistics was extended to incorporate statistics previously published in UK Timber Statistics and (until 2002) the Sawmill Survey. Archived versions of these publications are:


Last updated: 14th June 2017