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This section contains interim results from the National Forest Inventory (NFI). The statistics are based on field survey data combined with information from the NFI woodland map, which is a spatial representation of woodland areas in Great Britain.

Figures presented in this chapter are interim estimates at 31 March 2012, published in the NFI “50-year forecast of softwood timber availability” and “50-year forecast of hardwood timber availability” reports, released in April 2014. Both reports are available at

The figures presented in Tables 1.6 to 1.9 (and Figures 1.3, 1.4a and 1.4b) relate to stocked areas. These differ from the woodland areas presented in earlier tables, as stocked areas exclude felled areas and (for private sector land) areas of integral open space.

The figures on growing stock presented in Tables 1.10 and 1.11 form the basis for the softwood and hardwood availability forecasts (see Tables 2.4a and 2.4b).

Further information on the National Forest Inventory is available at

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