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Area of Farm Woodland

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 606 thousand hectares in 2006 to 961 thousand hectares in 2015 (Table 1.12). Over one half (55%) of all farm woodland is in Scotland, with a further 36% in England, 8% in Wales and the remaining 1% in Northern Ireland.

Table 1.12 Area of farm woodland, 2006-2015
Year England Wales Scotland Northern
Ireland
UK
thousand hectares
2006 296.0 51.3 249.3 9.6 606.2
2007 305.4 67.9 279.9 9.9 663.1
2008 318.8 59.2 317.3 9.9 705.2
2009 303.7 60.8 350.8 10.3 725.6
2010 295.3 69.1 399.8 10.2 774.4
2011 304.9 44.2 426.1 10.8 786.0
2012 308.4 62.6 445.4 11.0 827.4
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

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

Figure 1.5 Area of farm woodland, 1981-2015

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

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