Forestry Statistics 2009


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Forestry Statistics is a compendium of statistical information about woodland, forestry and primary wood processing in the UK.  Traditionally forestry statistics have focused on forests as a source of timber, and on the use of timber by wood processing industries.  However, in recent years, it has been increasingly recognised that a wider range of environmental and social aspects of woodland should be reflected in the statistical information that is collected and published.  This publication includes some information about environment and recreation, but it is still weighted towards the traditional topics that have the best quality data.

This 2009 edition of Forestry Statistics has been extended to include 2 new chapters:

  • UK Forests and Climate Change and
  • International Forestry.

Where possible, statistical information in this publication covers the whole of the United Kingdom, and is broken down to give figures for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  We would like to acknowledge the contribution of Northern Ireland's Forest Service in providing a wide range of statistics for this publication, which has made it possible to have a more comprehensive coverage of the UK.  However, there are some topics for which data are currently only available for Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland), and these tables are labelled as being GB only.

As a National Statistics output, this publication concentrates on topics for which the data meet National Statistics quality standards.  However some topics outside the scope of National Statistics are included, to give a more rounded picture; any such tables are footnoted as 'not National Statistics'.  This means that they have not been subject to National Statistics quality assurance procedures, but does not necessarily imply that they are of poorer quality.

To navigate this publication, please use the links on the left hand side of the screen to access the contents list, to use the search facility or to select a range of pages to print.  The back to Statistics button will access the Forestry Commission's Statistics home page.  Individual pages provide further links to relevant tables and sources.

Selected statistics from this publication are available in Forestry Facts and Figures 2009, which is available in hard copy and on our web pages.  A Welsh language version of Forestry Facts and Figures is also available.

A National Statistics publication

This is a National Statistics publication.  For more information about National Statistics and the UK Statistics Authority visit:

Forestry Commission's statistical release practices

The Forestry Commission aims to release statistics as soon as they are available.  All of our National Statistics publications are available on our website  Release dates are published on our website for the year ahead.  Publications are made available at 9.30 am on the day of release.  Further details on Forestry Commission statistical release practices are available in our compliance statement, available on our website.

Forestry Commissions statistical revisions policy

Revisions to statistics can occur when further data become available or errors are corrected.  The Forestry Commission will normally revise statistics when the figures next appear in any publication.  However, if the revision is significant (i.e. resulting in a major change to the published figures), a note showing the revisions will be published as soon as possible on the Forestry Commission website and distributed to all known recipients.  In addition, the web versions of any current publications affected will be revised.

Issued by:  Economics and Statistics, Forestry Commission, 231 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 7AT
Enquiries:  Jackie Watson  0131 314 6171
Statistician:  Sheila Ward  0131 314 6475

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