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Woodland area by age: conifers

Table 1.6 presents the area of conifers, broken down by age class, ownership and country.

Sixty-one percent of the coniferous woodland area in Great Britain was occupied by stands of 40 years old or younger (Table 1.6). A further 9% of stands were aged over 60 years.

Table 1.6 Stocked woodland area in GB by ownership and age class: Conifers

Age class (years)  England Wales Scotland GB
thousand hectares    
FC1    
0-20 33 24 76 134
21-40 38 25 145 208
41-60 39 25 111 176
61-80 12 7 25 44
81-100 4 1 6 11
100+ 1 0 3 4
All age classes 128 82 367 576
Private sector2    
0-20 17 8 126 151
21-40 54 22 231 306
41-60 83 15 116 214
61-80 19 1 18 38
81-100 3 2 6 11
100+ 3 1 9 12
All age classes 179 47 505 732
Total    
0-20 51 32 202 285
21-40 92 46 376 514
41-60 123 39 227 389
61-80 31 8 43 82
81-100 7 2 12 22
100+ 3 1 12 16
All age classes 307 129 872 1308

      

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

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. Stocked area only: excludes felled areas and (for private sector land) open space.

4. Areas at 31 March 2012.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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