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The total carbon in UK forests is estimated to have increased between 1990 and 2015 (Table 4.1). The carbon in forest soils accounts for most (around 75%) of total forest carbon.
|million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent|
|Carbon in above-ground biomass||360||471||527||583||639|
|Carbon in below-ground biomass||129||170||190||210||230|
|Carbon in dead wood||9||10||10||10||10|
|Carbon in litter||165||175||179||182||187|
|Soil carbon 1||2 366||2 533||2 594||2 629||2 715|
|Total forest carbon||3 029||3 359||3 500||3 614||3 781|
Source: Forestry Commission
1. Carbon in soil depth 0 to 100 cm.
2. To convert tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) to tonnes carbon (C), multiply by 12/44.
These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics
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