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The provisional figures that are presented in this release have now been replaced by the final figures included in Forestry Statistics 2021.
The latest National Statistics on woodland produced by Forest Research were released on 17 June 2021 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
The First Release 'Provisional Woodland Statistics: 2021 Edition' contains provisional statistics for the year to March 2021 on:
The main findings are:
Coverage: United Kingdom
Geographical breakdown: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Longer time series data:
Quality: Quality report: Woodland Statistics
Statistician: Sheila Ward
Contact: Robert Stagg
Tel: 0300 067 5238
30 September 2021 – Final results for (the year to) March 2021 will be published in Forestry Statistics 2021 and Forestry Facts & Figures 2021.
16 June 2022 – Provisional figures for (the year to) March 2022 will be published in the 2022 Edition of this release.
Information on pre-release access to this publication can be found in the pre-release access page.
More detailed information on the methodology for estimating woodland area is provided in the sources chapter of Forestry Statistics 2019. The estimates make use of the National Forest Inventory data. Further information (including reports) on the National Forest Inventory is avaliable on the Inventory pages.
Prior to the 2019 edition of Provisional Woodland Statistics, the reported figues were published in two seperate releases:
Early provisional results for UK woodland area, certified woodland area and areas of new planting and publicly funded restocking were provided in the First Release Woodland Area, Planting and Publicly Funded Restocking published every June:
Woodland Carbon Code releases provided statistics for projects registered under the Woodland Carbon Code and were released quarterly until Spring 2018:
In order to improve the statistics that we produce and to ensure that they remain relevant, we are interested in hearing from people who use our statistics. More information on how we consult users and contact details can be found on our user engagement page.
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