Forestry Commission releases latest tree statistics

The latest national statistics on forestry, produced by the Forestry Commission, have been released and are available online.

Detailed statistics are published in the web publication Forestry Statistics 2009, with an extract in the booklet Forestry Facts & Figures 2009.

They include UK statistics on:

  • Woodland area
  • Planting, timber
  • Trade
  • Climate change
  • Environment
  • Recreation
  • Employment
  • Finance and prices


The key points from the latest statistics are:

  • Woodland area in the United Kingdom in 2009 is 2.8 million hectares;
  • 6,000 hectares of new woodland were created in the UK in 2008-09;
  • UK forests helped to counter carbon dioxide emissions by removing more than 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year;
  • 48 per cent of UK woodland was assessed as being accessible to the public in 2008;
  • 77 per cent of people across the UK have visited woodland in the past few years for walks, picnics or other recreation;
  • The Forestry Commission's net expenditure on public forests totalled £59 million in 2008-09, and a further £91 million were spent by the Commission on other activities, including grants, administration and research.

 

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