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Woodland Area, Planting and Restocking

The latest National Statistics on Woodland Area, Planting & Restocking produced by the Forestry Commission were released on 16 June 2016 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

The First Release contains provisional statistics for the year to March 2016 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 2016 is 3.16 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, 0.86 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 2016 is 1.35 million hectares, including all Forestry Commission/Natural Resources Wales/Forest Service woodland. Overall, 43% of the UK woodland area is certified.
  • Six thousand hectares of newly created woodland were reported in the UK in 2015-16, mostly with broadleaved species.
  • Fourteen thousand hectares of woodland restocking were reported in the UK in 2015-16, mostly with conifers.

Coverage: United Kingdom

Geographical breakdown: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

First Release:
Woodland Area, Planting & Restocking: 2016 Edition 

Tables in Excel format.
Longer time series data:

  • New planting and restocking - EXCEL PDF
  • Certified woodland areas - EXCEL  PDF


Quality report: Woodland Area, Planting and Restocking

Statistician: Penelope Donohue

Jackie Watson
Tel: 0300 067 5238

Next update:
22 September 2016 - final results for the year to March 2016 (see Forestry Facts & Figures 2016 and Forestry Statistics 2016)
15 June 2017 - provisional results for the year to March 2017

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

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Information on the methodology for estimating woodland area is provided in the Sources chapter of Forestry Statistics 2015. The estimates make use of National Forest Inventory data. Further information (including reports) on the National Forest Inventory is available on the Inventory pages.

Previous releases
Early provisional results are provided in the First Release Woodland Area, Planting and Restocking, published every June:

The final results are published every September in Foresty Statistics and summarised in Forestry Facts and Figures.

User engagement

In order to improve the statistics that we produce and to ensure that they remain relevant, we are interested in hearing from people who use our statistics. More information on how we consult users and contact details can be found on our user engagement page.

Last updated: 7th March 2017