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
- Climate change
- 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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