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Forestry Statistics 2017 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Woodland Area

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The area of woodland in the UK at 31 March 2017 is estimated to be 3.17 million hectares (Table 1.1). Of this total, 1.4 million hectares (45%) is in Scotland, 1.3 million hectares (41%) is in England, 0.3 million hectares (10%) is in Wales and 0.1 million hectares (4%) is in Northern Ireland.

Conifers account for around one half (51%) of the UK woodland area, although this proportion varies from around one quarter (26%) in England to around three quarters (74%) in Scotland.

Table 1.1 Area of woodland by ownership & forest type at 31 March 2017

Forest type and ownership 1,2

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

thousand hectares

Conifers

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/NRW/FS woodland

151

98

429

56

733

          Private sector woodland

189

53

632

11

885

            Total

340

151

1 061

66

1 618

Broadleaves5

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/NRW/FS woodland

63 19 40 7 130

          Private sector woodland

903 137 338 39 1 418

            Total

967 156 378 46 1 547

Total

 

 

 

 

 

          FC/NRW/FS woodland

214 117 470 62 863

          Private sector woodland

1 092 190 970 50 2 303

            Total

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. Figures for Northern Ireland are obtained from the Northern Ireland Woodland Register.

5. Broadleaves include coppice and coppice with standards.

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