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Statutory Plant Health Notices

Table 1.16a shows the number of sites where a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served in the UK since 2010-11 and Table 1.16b shows the area required to be felled under these Notices.  The tables cover all woodland, including sites owned or managed by the Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales or the Forest Service.  As Statutory Plant Health Notices are not issued in the Phytophthora ramorum management zone in south west Scotland, the figures presented here do not cover all felling of infected larch. 

A total of 281 sites were served with Statutory Plant Health Notices between April 2017 and March 2018.

Table 1.16a Number of sites where a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served1, 2010-11 to 2017-18

Year England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland UK
2010-11 114 46 1 10 171
2011-12 131 90 14 16 251
2012-13 168 89 123 15 395
2013-14 223 272 76 28 599
2014-15 138 71 9 17 235
2015-16 74 57 34 3 168
2016-17  76 53 71 0 200
2017-18 43 153 71 14 281

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, Forest Service

Note:

1. The number of sites where infection of larch by Phytophthora ramorum has been confirmed, or where there is sufficient suspicion of infection, and a Statutory Plant Health Notice has been served on the landowner.

2. Excludes felling within the Phytophthora ramorum management zone in south west Scotland, where Statutory Plant Health Notices are not issued.

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

Areas requiring felling under Statutory Plant Health Notices totalled 1.7 thousand hectares in 2017-18. Over three quarters (79%) of the area to be felled in 2017-18 was in Wales, 15% was in Scotland and 3% each in England and in Northern Ireland.

Table 1.16b Felling areas under Statutory Plant Health Notices1, 2010-11 to 2017-18

Year England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland UK
thousand hectares     
2010-11 1.2 0.8 0.0 0.3 2.3
2011-12  0.5 0.5 0.1 0.1 1.1
2012-13 0.5 1.5 0.4 0.2 2.5
2013-14 0.8 4.6 0.3 0.5 6.2
2014-15  0.3 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.7
2015-16 0.1 1.5 0.1 0.0 1.8
2016-17  0.3 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.7
2017-18 0.0 1.3 0.3 0.1 1.7

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, Forest Service

Note:

1. The area that is required to be felled within the Statutory Plant Health Notice.

2. Excludes felling within the Phytophthora ramorum management zone in south west Scotland, where Statutory Plant Health Notices are not issued.

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

Additional resources

Sources chapter: Felling

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