Forestry Commission publishes performance indicators

Forestry Commission England has published its latest quarterly update reporting against a selection of indicators from its corporate plan.

Forestry Commission headquarters (image: Forestry Commission)
Forestry Commission headquarters (image: Forestry Commission)

The number of hectares of woodland covered by plant health notices fell to 412ha from 531ha in the three months between 31 March and 30 June this year as sites are completed after winter felling of Phytophthora sites.

The Forestry Commission said: "This effort has been masked by new sites added following early spring aerial surveillance programmes. Early observations suggest that areas of new infection are generally smaller this year, although with the very wet weather in May and June, more sites may emerge over the summer."

Percentage of woodland in active management remains around 53 per cent.

Woodland planted was down to 527ha from 765ha. The Forestry Commission said this was possibly because of wet weather.
Over the last year, the number of private businesses operating within the Forestry Commission has remained at 634.

Forest Services spent £634,000 on partnerships and engagement, including £394,000 on partnership activity to address Phytophthora ramorum, including payment to landowners to clear infected rhododendron from woodlands, and payment for aerial surveillance to identify early signs of infection in larch woodlands.

The other main areas of spend were support for the Deer Initiative (£168,000), Woodfuel Woodland Improvement Grant (£35,000) and Woodfuel East (£25,000).

The figure for the cost of managing the public forest estate in England (per hectare) is due on 30 September but the most recent (2010/11) indicative figure aimed for was £84.63 and the outturn figure was £76.62.

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