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Growing stock by species: broadleaves

Table 1.11 presents the volume of broadleaved growing stock, broken down by principal species, ownership and country.

The total volume of broadleaved growing stock in Great Britain in 2012 was 245 million m3overbark standing (Table 1.11).

Oak (28%), Ash (16%) and Beech (12%) accounted for the majority of the broadleaved volume. To some extent, this reflects the distribution of species by area (see Table 1.9).

Table 1.11 Growing stock in GB by ownership and principal species: Broadleaves

Principal species England Wales Scotland GB
million cubic metres overbark standing
FC1        
Oak 3.3 0.5 0.6 4.4
Beech 2.8 0.4 0.1 3.4
Sycamore 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2
Ash 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.5
Birch 0.5 0.1 1.7 2.3
Sweet chestnut 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1
Hazel 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1
Hawthorn 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Alder 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.2
Willow 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Other broadleaves 1.3 0.8 1.2 3.3
All broadleaves 8.7 1.9 3.9 14.5
Private sector2        
Oak 51.7 7.7 5.6 65.0
Beech 19.8 1.6 5.2 26.6
Sycamore 16.2 2.4 4.8 23.4
Ash 30.1 6.9 2.8 39.8
Birch 11.3 1.2 8.5 20.9
Sweet chestnut 7.7 0.2 0.0 7.9
Hazel 5.0 0.9 0.4 6.4
Hawthorn 2.8 0.4 0.3 3.4
Alder 6.8 2.1 1.9 10.8
Willow 4.9 0.8 0.9 6.5
Other broadleaves 16.0 1.1 2.6 19.6
All broadleaves 172.3 25.4 32.9 230.6
Total        
Oak 55.0 8.1 6.3 69.4
Beech 22.6 2.0 5.3 29.9
Sycamore 16.4 2.4 4.9 23.6
Ash 30.5 7.0 2.8 40.3
Birch 11.8 1.3 10.1 23.2
Sweet chestnut 7.8 0.2 0.0 8.0
Hazel 5.1 0.9 0.5 6.5
Hawthorn 2.8 0.4 0.3 3.4
Alder 6.9 2.2 1.9 11.0
Willow 4.9 0.8 0.9 6.5
Other broadleaves 17.2 1.8 3.8 22.9
All broadleaves 181.0 27.3 36.8 245.1

Source: National Forest Inventory: 50-year forecast of hardwood availability (Forestry Commission, April 2014).

Notes:

1. FC: Forestry Commission (England, Scotland and Wales).

2. Private sector: all other woodland. Includes woodland previously owned/managed by the Countryside Council for Wales and the Environment Agency in Wales, other publicly owned woodland (e.g. owned by local authorities) and privately owned woodland.

3. Areas at 31 March 2012.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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