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Felling licences

Table 1.15 shows the area covered by unconditional felling licences issued by the Forestry Commission in England and Scotland in the last 10 years. The figures do not include unconditional felling licences issued to permit thinning of woodlands. The table covers woodland in England and Scotland that is not owned or managed by the Forestry Commission only; it does not cover felling that is exempt from felling licence approval (such as authorisations for felling under planning regulations, felling required under a Statutory Plant Health Notice or felling that is approved on condition that the area is restocked).

A total of 0.2 thousand hectares of woodland in England was covered by unconditional felling licences (with no requirement to restock) in the year to March 2018. The level in Wales and Scotland was under 50 hectares each.

Table 1.15 Area of private sector woodland covered by unconditional felling licences1, 2008-09 to 2017-18

Year England Wales Scotland GB
thousand hectares  
2008-09 0.4 0.0 0.2 0.6
2009-10 0.5 0.0 0.2 0.7
2010-11 0.5 0.0 0.1 0.6
2011-12 0.6 0.0 0.1 0.7
2012-13 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.9
2013-14 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.6
2014-15 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.3
2015-16 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.5
2016-17 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.2
2017-18 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.2

Source: Forestry Commission

Notes:

1. Felling licences issued in the period. Excludes areas exempt from felling licence approval or under Forestry Commission grant, and licences issued for thinning.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics. For further information see the Sources chapter.

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Sources chapter: Felling

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