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This chapter contains statistics on:

  • UK woodland area;
  • certified woodland area;
  • areas of new planting and restocking; and
  • felling.

Estimates for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are included in addition to UK totals. International comparisons are provided in the International Forestry chapter. Further information on the data sources and methodology used to compile the figures is provided in the Sources chapter.

Figures on woodland area and certified woodland area at March 2021 and on new planting and restocking for the period 2020-2021 were previously published in “Provisional Woodland Statistics: 2021 edition”, released on 17 June 2021. Some figures for woodland area at March 2021 and planting in 2020-2021 have been revised from those previously published. For further details on revisions, see the Woodland Areas and Planting section of the Sources chapter.

A copy of all woodland area and planting tables, along with longer time series (where available) can be accessed in spreadsheet format from the Data Downloads web page at Data Downloads – Forest Research.

Key findings

The main findings are:

  • The area of woodland in the UK at 31 March 2021 is estimated to be 3.2 million hectares. This represents 13% of the total land area in the UK, 10% in England, 15% in Wales, 19% in Scotland and 9% in Northern Ireland.
  • Of the total UK woodland area, 0.86 million hectares (27%) is owned or managed by Forestry England, Forestry and Land Scotland, Natural Resources Wales or the Northern Ireland Forest Service.
  • The total certified woodland area in the UK at 31 March 2021 is 1.41 million hectares, including all Forestry England/ Forestry and Land Scotland/ Natural Resources Wales/ Forest Service woodland. Overall, 44% of the UK woodland area is certified.
  • 13.3 thousand hectares of new woodland were created in the UK in 2020-2021, with conifers accounting for 55% of this area.


FS2021: Woodland Area and Planting

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Chapter 1 text in PDF format

FS2021: Woodland Area and Planting tables


Chapter 1 tables in Microsoft Excel format

FS2021: Woodland Area and Planting tables


Chapter 1 tables in OpenDocument Spreadsheet format

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