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Forestry Statistics is a compilation of statistics on woodland, forestry and primary wood processing in the UK.

Where possible, statistical information in this publication covers the whole of the United Kingdom, and is broken down to give figures for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We would like to acknowledge the contribution of the Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales and Northern Ireland’s Forest Service in providing a wide range of statistics for this publication, which has made it possible to have more comprehensive coverage of the UK. However, there are some topics for which data are currently only available for some parts of the UK, and these tables are labelled accordingly.

The tables within each chapter (including data for charts) are available from the Data Downloads page at In addition, longer time series (in Excel and PDF formats) are available for some tables. Further information on data sources and methodology are provided in the Sources’ chapter.

Selected statistics from this publication are provided in “Forestry Facts and Figures 2018”, available at

The Forestry Commission also publishes a range of other Official Statistics, available at

A National Statistics publication

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods, and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

For more information about National Statistics and the UK Statistics Authority visit:


Forestry Commission’s statistical release practices

The Forestry Commission aims to release statistics as soon as they are available. All of our National Statistics and other Official Statistics publications are available on our website Release dates are published on our website for the year ahead. Publications are made available at 9.30 am on the day of release.


Forestry Commission’s statistical revisions policy

Revisions to statistics can occur when further data become available or errors are corrected.  The Forestry Commission will normally revise statistics when the figures next appear in any publication.  However, if the revision is significant (i.e. resulting in a major change to the published figures), a note showing the revisions will be published as soon as possible on the Forestry Commission website and distributed to all known recipients.  In addition, the web versions of any current publications affected will be revised.  See our full revisions’ policy at for further information.



Summary information on quality is available in the Sources’ chapter of this publication. More details are provided in quality reports for individual topics, available at


Release date: 27 September 2018

Coverage: United Kingdom

Geographical breakdown: Country (where possible)

Issued by: IFOS-Statistics, Forest Research, 231 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 7AT

Statistician: Sheila Ward 0300 067 5236

Enquiries: Robert Stagg, tel: 0300 067 5238,



Additional resources

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