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Forestry Statistics 2017 - Woodland Areas and Planting

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Not all land that is owned or managed by the Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales or the Forest Service in Northern Ireland is woodland; other land uses include agricultural land, mountain areas and moorland.

The woodland areas and land areas shown for Natural Resources Wales relate to areas previously owned or managed by Forestry Commission Wales. They exclude any areas previously owned or managed by other parts of Natural Resources Wales, such as the former Environment Agency Wales and the former Countryside Council for Wales.

Woodland accounted for 79% of all Forestry Commission/Natural Resources Wales/Forest Service land in the UK at 31 March 2017 (Table 1.5). This proportion was highest in Wales (95%) and lowest in Scotland (74%).

Table 1.5 Land use of the FC, NRW and FS1, 2013-2017

Year

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

thousand hectares

Woodland

 

 

   

 

     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

Other land2

         

     2013

 38  7  171 14  230

     2014

38 7 170 14 228

     2015

38 7 171 13 229

     2016

38 7 170 13 228

     2017

39 7 169 13 227

Total FC/NRW/FS
land area

         

     2013

253 124 652 75 1 104

     2014

253 124 647 75 1 099

     2015

253 124 649 75 1 100

     2016

253 124 640 75 1 092

     2017

253 124 638 75 1 090

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

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. "Other land" includes agricultural land and areas of moorland and mountain.

3. Areas as at 31 March.