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Forestry Statistics 2013 and Forestry Facts & Figures 2013

The latest National Statistics on forestry produced by the Forestry Commission were released on 26 September 2013 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Detailed statistics are published in the web publication Forestry Statistics 2013, with an extract in Forestry Facts & Figures 2013. 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 2013 is 3.1 million hectares: 1.4 million hectares (44%) are independently certified as sustainably managed.
  • 11 thousand hectares of new woodland were created in the UK in 2012-13.
  • 10.4 million green tonnes of UK roundwood (softwood and hardwood) were delivered to primary wood processors and others in 2012, representing a 1% increase from the previous year.
  • Wood products imported into the UK in 2012 were valued at £6.4 billion and included 5.2 million cubic metres of sawnwood, 2.6 million cubic metres of wood-based panels, and 6.1 million tonnes of paper.
  • A total of 133 projects were registered under the Woodland Carbon Code at 30 June 2013, covering an area of 14.2 thousand hectares of woodland and projected to sequester 5.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.
  • Around two thirds of the UK population had visited woodland in the last few years.
  • In 2012, 49% of the UK woodland area was assessed as being accessible to the public.
  • The Annual Business Survey reported average employment in 2011 of 14 thousand in forestry and 25 thousand in primary wood processing.
  • The Forestry Commission's net expenditure on public forests totalled £56 million in 2012-13, and a further £135 million was spent by the Commission on other activities, including grants, administration and research.
  • The UK was the third largest net importer (imports less exports) of forest products in 2011, behind China and Japan.

Coverage:  United Kingdom

Geographical breakdown:  England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Forestry Statistics 2013 (also available in PDF format)

Forestry Facts & Figures 2013 (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)

A correction has been made to the conifer/ broadleaf breakdown of woodland area (Forestry Statistics 2013 Table 1.1).

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:  0131 314 6171

Next update:
25 September 2014

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

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Last updated: 29th March 2016