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Forestry Statistics 2017 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Area of Farm Woodland

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Agricultural Censuses run by Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and the devolved administrations collect annual information on the land-use of farms. Table 1.12 below shows the area of woodland on farms.

The area of farm woodland in the UK has increased from 663 thousand hectares in 2007 to 978 thousand hectares in 2016 (Table 1.12).  Around one half (51%) of all farm woodland was in Scotland in 2016, with a further 38% in England, 9% in Wales and the remaining 2% in Northern Ireland.

Table 1.12 Area of farm woodland, 2007-2016

Year

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

UK

thousand hectares

2007

305.4 67.9 279.9 9.9 663.1

2008

318.8 59.2 317.3 9.9 705.3

2009

303.7 60.8 350.8 10.3 725.7

2010

295.3 69.1 399.8 10.2 774.0

2011

304.9 44.2 426.1 10.8  785.9

2012

308.4 62.6 445.4 11.0 827.5

2013

324.9 63.4 466.8 10.3 865.4

2014

331.3 75.7 479.4 11.1 897.5

2015

347.6 78.0 524.0 11.1 960.6

2016

370.5 89.2 502.4 16.1 978.2

Source: June Agricultural Census - Defra, The Scottish Government, Welsh Government, Northern Ireland Executive.

Figure 1.5 Area of farm woodland, 1981-2016

Figure 1.5 Area of farm woodland, 1981-2015

Source: June Agricultural Census - Defra, The Scottish Government, Welsh Government, Northern Ireland Executive.

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