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Government expenditure on public forests

Table 8.3 provides information on net expenditure on public forests by Forestry England and by Forestry and Land Scotland.  This covers expenditure less income for land that is owned or managed by Forestry England/ Forestry and Land Scotland.  Other expenditure by the Forestry Commission and Scottish Forestry is covered in Table 8.5.

Figures for Wales on a comparable basis are currently unavailable.

Net expenditure on public forests by Forestry England/ Forestry and Land Scotland in 2018-19 totalled £27 million.  This comprised £15 million in Scotland and £12 million in England.

Recreation, conservation & heritage accounted for £70 million of the total expenditure in 2018-19, harvesting & haulage for £43 million and other expenditure on public forests for £111 million.

Timber sales generated a total income of £131 million in 2018-19.  Recreation, conservation & heritage accounted for a further £32 million and other income from public forests for £35 million.

Table 8.3 Funding public forests – net expenditure1,2,3

    2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 
£ million
GB            
Harvesting & haulage Expenditure 36.6 37.9 35.9 36.8 42.6
Recreation, etc4 Expenditure 70.2 67.8 70.9 72.8 70.2
Other Expenditure 81.9 89.2 89.0 96.5 111.3
Timber Income -103.1 -99.1 -104.3 -111.3 -131.2
Recreation, etc4 Income -24.3 -24.8 -29.6 -32.1 -31.5
Other Income -25.1 -26.8 -27.7 -23.1 -34.7
Net expenditure   36.2 44.2 34.2 39.6 26.7
England            
Harvesting & haulage Expenditure 9.8 10.6 10.6 11.3 14.0
Recreation, etc4 Expenditure 41.8 45.0 49.7 49.4 49.4
Other Expenditure 24.5 29.2 31.3 32.9 38.3
Timber Income -37.3 -36.7 -38.9 -43.4 -53.2
Recreation, etc4 Income -18.3 -21.1 -26.2 -28.3 -27.8
Other Income -11.1 -9.3 -8.6 -5.8 -8.8
Net expenditure   9.4 17.7 17.9 16.1 11.9
Scotland            
Harvesting & haulage  Expenditure 26.8 27.3 25.3 25.5 28.6
Recreation, etc4 Expenditure 28.4 22.8 21.2 23.4 20.8
Other Expenditure 57.4 60.0 57.7 63.6 73.0
Timber Income -65.8 -62.4 -65.4 -67.9 -78.0
Recreation, etc4 Income -6.0 -3.7 -3.4 -3.8 -3.7
Other Income -14.0 -17.5 -19.1 -17.3 -25.9
Net expenditure   26.8 26.5 16.3 23.5 14.8

Source: Forestry England, Forestry and Land Scotland

Notes:

1. Expenditure by Forestry England and by Forestry and Land Scotland only. Excludes expenditure incurred by other departments.

2. Excludes notional cost of capital and any surplus/deficit on sale of properties.

3. Excludes gain on revaluation of biological assets and value of timber felled.

4. Recreation, etc includes conservation and heritage.

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