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Statutory Plant Health Notices

Table 1.16a shows the number of sites where a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served in the UK since 2010-11 and Table 1.16b shows the area required to be felled under these Notices. The tables cover all woodland, including sites owned or managed by the Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales or the Forest Service.

A total of 186 sites were served with Statutory Plant Health Notices between April 2015 and March 2016.

Table 1.16a Number of sites where a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served1, 2010-11 to 2015-16

Year England Wales Scotland Northern
Ireland
UK
2010-11 114 46 1 10 171
2011-12 131 90 14 16 251
2012-13 168 89 123 15 395
2013-14 225 272 76 28 601
2014-15 142 71 9 17 239
2015-16 92 57 34 3 186

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, Forest Service

Note:

1. The number of sites where infection by Phytophthora ramorum has been confirmed, or where there is sufficient suspicion of infection, and a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served on the landowner.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

Areas requiring felling under Statutory Plant Health Notices totalled 1.8 thousand hectares in 2015-16. Most of the area to be felled in 2015-16 was in Wales (84%), 8% was in England, and 7% in Scotland.

Table 1.16b Felling areas under Statutory Plant Health Notices1, 2010-11 to 2015-16

Year England Wales Scotland Northern
Ireland
UK
thousand hectares
2010-11 1.2 0.8 0.0 0.3 2.3
2011-12 0.5 0.5 0.1 0.1 1.1
2012-13 0.5 1.5 0.4 0.2 2.5
2013-14 0.8 4.6 0.3 0.5 6.2
2014-15 0.3 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.7
2015-16 0.2 1.5 0.1 0.0 1.8

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, Forest Service

Note:

1. The area that is required to be felled within the Statutory Plant Health Notice.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics.

Estimates of the volume of softwood removed in 2015 as required by plant health legislation can be found in the Wood Production Summary section of Chapter 2.

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