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Forestry Statistics 2017 - Woodland Areas and Planting

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Table 1.16a shows the number of sites where a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served in the UK since 2010-11 and Table 1.16b shows the area required to be felled under these Notices.  The tables cover all woodland, including sites owned or managed by the Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales or the Forest Service.  As Statutory Plant Health Notices are not issued in the Phytophthora ramorum management zone in south west Scotland, the figures presented here do not cover all felling of infected larch. 

A total of 196 sites were served with Statutory Plant Health Notices between April 2016 and March 2017.

Table 1.16a Number of sites where a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served1, 2010-11 to 2016-17

Year

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

UK

2010-11

114

46

1

10

171

2011-12

131

90

14

16

251

2012-13

167

89

123

15

394

2013-14

224

272

76

28

600

2014-15

140

71

9

17

237

2015-16

77

57

34

3

171

2016-17

76

53

 67

 0

 196

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, Forest Service

Note:

1.  The number of sites where infection of larch by Phytophthora ramorum has been confirmed, or where there is sufficient suspicion of infection, and a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served on the landowner.

2.  Excludes felling within the Phytophthora ramorum management zone in south west Scotland, where Statutory Plant Health Notices are not issued.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

Areas requiring felling under Statutory Plant Health Notices totalled 0.7 thousand hectares in 2016-17. Almost two fifths (38%) of the area to be felled in 2016-17 was in England, 32% was in Scotland, and 30% in Wales.

Table 1.16b Felling areas under Statutory Plant Health Notices1, 2010-11 to 2016-17

Year

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

UK

thousand hectares 

2010-11

1.2

0.8

0.0

0.3

2.3

2011-12

0.5

0.5

0.1

0.1

1.1

2012-13

0.5

1.5

0.4

0.2

2.5

2013-14

0.8

4.6

0.3

0.5

6.2

2014-15

0.3

 0.4

0.0

0.0

 0.7

2015-16

0.1

1.5

0.1

0.0

1.8

2016-17

 0.3

 0.2

 0.2

 0.0

 0.7

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, Forest Service

Note:

1. The area that is required to be felled within the Statutory Plant Health Notice.

2.  Excludes felling within the Phytophthora ramorum management zone in south west Scotland, where Statutory Plant Health Notices are not issued.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics.

 

Estimates of the volume of softwood removed in 2016 as required by plant health legislation can be found in the Wood Production Summary section of Chapter 2.

 

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