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Woodland Area, Planting & Restocking - 2012 edition

The latest National Statistics on Woodland Area, Planting & Restocking produced by the Forestry Commission were released on 14 June 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

The First Release contains provisional statistics for the year to March 2012 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 2012 is 3.08 million hectares. This represents 13 per cent of the total land area in the UK, 10 per cent in England, 15 per cent in Wales, 18 per cent in Scotland and 7 per cent in Northern Ireland. 
  • Of the total UK woodland area, 0.87 million hectares is owned or managed by the Forestry Commission (in Great Britain) or the Forest Service (in Northern Ireland).
  • The total certified woodland area in the UK at 31 March 2012 is 1.36 million hectares, including all Forestry Commission/Forest Service woodland. Overall, 44 per cent of the UK woodland area is certified.
  • Thirteen thousand hectares of new woodland were created in the UK in 2011-12, mostly with broadleaved species.
  • Twelve thousand hectares of woodland were restocked in the UK in 2011-12, 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: Sheila Ward

Jackie Watson
Tel: 0131 314 6171

Next update:
27 September 2012 - final results for the year to March 2012 (see Forestry Facts & Figures 2012 and Forestry Statistics 2012)
13 June 2013 - provisional results for the year to March 2013

Pre-release access:
There is no pre-release access to Forestry Commission National Statistics in their final form. Further information can be found in the pre-release access pages.

Last updated: 7th March 2017