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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.
Table 4.1 Forest carbon stock
|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|
|Total forest carbon||3029||3359||3500||3614||3781|
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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