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Woodland area, planting & restocking - 2009 edition

The latest National Statistics on Woodland area, planting & restocking produced by the Forestry Commission were released on 11 June 2009 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

The First Release contains provisional statistics for the year to March 2009 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 2009 is 2.84 million hectares.  This represents 12 per cent of the total land area in the UK, 9% in England, 17% in Scotland, 14% in Wales and 6% in Northern Ireland. 
  • Of the total UK woodland area, 0.81 million hectares is owned or managed by the Forestry Commission (in Great Britain) or the Forest Service (in Northern Ireland).
  • The total certified area in the UK is 1.28 million hectares, including all Forestry Commission/ Forest Service woodland.  Overall, 45 per cent of the woodland area is certified.
  • Six thousand hectares of new woodland were created in the UK in 2008-09, mostly with broadleaved species.
  • Sixteen thousand hectares of woodland were restocked in the UK in 2008-09, mostly with conifers.


Coverage:  UK
Geographical breakdown:  England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

First Release:
Woodland area, planting & restocking

Longer time series for new planting and restocking

Jackie Watson
Tel:  0131 314 6171

Next Update:
September 2009 (final results for the year to March 2009 - see Forestry Facts & Figures 2009 and Forestry Statistics 2009)
June 2010 (provisional results for the year to March 2010)


Last updated: 7th March 2017
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