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Government expenditure on public forests

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Table 8.4 provides information on net expenditure on public forests by the Forestry Commission in Great Britain. This covers expenditure less income for land that is owned or managed by the Forestry Commission. Other expenditure by the Forestry Commission is covered in Table 8.5.

The Forestry Commission's functions in Wales transferred to a new organisation, Natural Resources Wales (NRW), on 1 April 2013. Figures for Wales in Tables 8.4 and 8.5 relate to expenditure to 31 March 2013 that was incurred by Forestry Commission Wales. Expenditure in Wales from 1 April 2013 is excluded from the tables.

Net expenditure on public forests by the Forestry Commission in 2016-17 totalled £34 million. This comprised £16 million in Scotland and £18 million in England.

Recreation, conservation & heritage accounted for £71 million of the total expenditure in 2016-17, harvesting & haulage for £36 million and other expenditure on public forests for £89 million.

Timber sales generated a total income of £104 million in 2016-17. Recreation, conservation & heritage accounted for a further £30 million and other income from public forests for £28 million.

Table 8.4 Funding public forests - net expenditure1,2,3, 2012-13 - 2016-17

 

 

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16 

2016-17

£ million

GB

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Harvesting & haulage

Expenditure

43.5

35.1

36.6

37.9 

35.9

  Recreation, etc4

Expenditure

66.4

63.3

70.2

67.8 

70.9

Other

Expenditure

97.9

89.7

81.9

89.2 

89.0

Timber

Income

-101.9

-100.7

-103.1

-99.1 

-104.3

Recreation, etc4

Income

-20.0

-21.3

-24.3

-24.8 

-29.6

Other

Income

-29.9

-25.8

-25.1

-26.8 

-27.7

Net expenditure

 

56.0 40.3 36.2 44.2  34.2

England

 

         

Harvesting & haulage

Expenditure 

10.4 10.9 9.8 10.6 10.6

Recreation, etc4

Expenditure

37.9 39.0 41.8 45.0 49.7

Other

Expenditure

23.3 29.1 24.5 29.2 31.3

Timber

Income

-31.3 -35.5 -37.3 -36.7 -38.9

Recreation, etc4

Income

-14.9 -15.8 -18.3 -21.1 -26.2

Other

Income

-11.1 -12.9 -11.1 -9.3 -8.6

Net expenditure

 

14.3 14.8 9.4  17.7 17.9

Wales

 

         

Harvesting & haulage

Expenditure

9.9 .. .. .. ..

Recreation, etc4

Expenditure

4.0 .. .. .. ..

Other

Expenditure

12.1 .. .. .. ..

Timber

Income

-13.5 .. .. .. ..

Recreation, etc4

Income

-0.9 .. .. .. ..

Other

Income

-8.1 .. .. .. ..

Net expenditure

 

3.5 .. ..  .. ..

Scotland

 

         

Harvesting & haulage

Expenditure

23.2 24.2 26.8 27.3 25.3

Recreation, etc4

Expenditure

24.5 24.3 28.4 22.8 21.2

Other

Expenditure

62.5 60.6 57.4 60.0 57.7

Timber

Income

-57.1 -65.2 -65.8 -62.4 -65.4

Recreation, etc4

Income

-4.2 -5.5 -6.0 -3.7 -3.4

Other

Income

-10.7 -12.9 -14.0 -17.5 -19.1

Net expenditure

 

38.2 25.5 26.8  26.5 16.3

Source: Forestry Commission

Notes:

1. Forestry Commission expenditure only. Excludes expenditure incurred by other departments.

2. Excludes notional cost of capital and any surplus/deficit on sale of properties.

3. Excludes gain on revaluation of biological assets and value of timber felled.

4. Recreation, etc includes conservation and heritage.

.. Denotes data not available; responsibility for forestry in Wales transferred to Natural Resources Wales on 1 April 2013.

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