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Forestry Statistics 2017 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Woodland Area

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The Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales and the Forest Service owned or managed 27% of the total woodland area in the UK in 2017 (Table 1.3). This proportion ranged from 16% of the woodland area in England to 55% in Northern Ireland.

Table 1.3 Area of woodland in the UK by ownership, 2013-2017

Ownership

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

thousand hectares

FC/NRW/FS woodland1

         

     2013

214 117 481 62 874

     2014

215 117 477 62 871

     2015

215 117 478 62 871

     2016

215 117 470 62 864

     2017

214 117 470 62 863

Private sector woodland2

         

     2013

1 084 188 930 49 2 252

     2014

1 087 189 947 50 2 273

     2015

1 091 189 954 50 2 283

     2016

1 091 190 965 50 2 295

     2017

1 092 190 970 50 2 303

Total woodland

         

     2013

1 298 305 1 411 111 3 125

     2014

1 302 306 1 424 111 3 143

     2015

1 305 306 1 432 112 3 155

     2016

1 305 307 1 435 112 3 159

     2017

1 306 307 1 440 112 3 166

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, Forest Service, National Forest Inventory.

Notes:

1. FC: Forestry Commission (England and Scotland), NRW: Natural Resources Wales, FS: Forest Service (Northern Ireland). NRW estimates only relate to woodland formerly owned/managed by FC Wales.

2. Private sector: all other woodland. Includes woodland previously owned/managed by the Countryside Council for Wales and the Environment Agency in Wales, other publicly owned woodland (e.g. owned by local authorities) and privately owned woodland.
 
3. Figures for England, Wales and Scotland are based on data obtained from the National Forest Inventory (NFI) and adjusted for new planting, but at present no adjustment is made for woodland recently converted to another land use. Further information on how the figures have been estimated is available in the Sources chapter.

4. Northern Ireland figures are obtained from the Northern Ireland Woodland Register.

5.  Areas as at 31 March. 

 

 

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