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Woodland Area, Planting & Restocking - 2013 edition

The latest National Statistics on Woodland Area, Planting & Restocking produced by the Forestry Commission were released on 13 June 2013 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

The First Release contains provisional statistics for the year to March 2013 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 2013 is 3.13 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 8 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 2013 is 1.36 million hectares, including all Forestry Commission/Forest Service woodland. Overall, 44 per cent of the UK woodland area is certified.
  • Eleven thousand hectares of new woodland were created in the UK in 2012-13, mostly with broadleaved species.
  • Thirteen thousand hectares of woodland were restocked in the UK in 2012-13, 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:
26 September 2013 - final results for the year to March 2013 (see Forestry Facts & Figures 2013 and Forestry Statistics 2013)
12 June 2014 - provisional results for the year to March 2014

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

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Last updated: 20th June 2016