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Woodland area by age: broadleaves

Table 1.7 presents the area of broadleaves, broken down by age class, ownership and country.

Around one half (53%) of the broadleaved area was occupied by stands of 40 years old or younger (Table 1.7). More than one quarter (28%) of stands were aged over 60 years.

Table 1.7 Stocked woodland area in GB by ownership and age class: Broadleaves

Age class (years) England Wales Scotland GB
thousand hectares    
FC/NRW1        
0-20 8 7 11 25
21-40 6 2 5 13
41-60 13 2 4 19
61-80 13 2 4 19
81-100 4 1 2 7
100+ 10 3 5 18
All age classes 54 16 32 102
Private sector2        
0-20 217 30 84 332
21-40 227 33 84 344
41-60 145 22 58 225
61-80 117 15 22 154
81-100 92 11 9 112
100+ 51 10 7 67
All age classes 849 121 265 1235
Total        
0-20 225 37 95 357
21-40 232 36 90 357
41-60 157 24 63 244
61-80 130 17 26 173
81-100 97 12 11 119
100+ 61 12 12 85
All age classes 902 137 297 1337

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

Notes:

1. FC: Forestry Commission (England and Scotland), NRW: Natural Resources Wales. NRW estimates only relate to woodland formerly owned/managed by FC 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. For further information see the Sources chapter.

Additional resources

Sources chapter: Woodland Inventories

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