THE latest National Statistics on forestry have been released by the Forestry Commission, in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
Detailed statistics are published in the web publication ‘Forestry Statistics 2010’, with an extract in ‘Forestry Facts & Figures 2010’. Both are available to download from www.forestry.gov.uk/statistics.
They include UK statistics on woodland area, planting, timber, trade, climate change, environment, recreation, employment and finance and prices, as well as some statistics on international forestry. Where possible, figures are also provided for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The key points from the latest release are:
- the woodland area in the United Kingdom in 2010 is 2.8 million hectares;
- 1.3 million hectares (45 per cent) of UK woodland are independently certified as sustainably managed;
- 5,000 hectares of new woodland were created in the UK in 2009-10;
- 8.2 million green tonnes of UK softwood roundwood, and 0.5 million green tonnes of UK hardwood roundwood, were delivered to primary wood processors and others in 2009, representing a slight increase overall in roundwood deliveries over the previous year;
- wood products imported into the UK in 2009 were valued at £5.8 billion and comprised 9 million cubic metres of wood (sawnwood, other wood and wood-based panels) and 8 million tonnes of pulp and paper. This represented decreases of 22 per cent in wood imports and 9 per cent in pulp and paper imports from 2008;
- UK forests helped to counter carbon dioxide emissions by removing more than 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year;
- 49 per cent of UK woodland was assessed as being accessible to the public in 2009;
- the Forestry Commission's net expenditure on public forests totalled £36 million in 2009-10, and a further £97 million were spent by the Commission on other activities, including grants, research and administration;
- industrial roundwood removals in North and Central America and Europe decreased by more than 10 per cent from 2007 to 2008, but still accounted for about two-thirds of global industrial roundwood removal
Paper versions of the publications are not being produced. They will next be updated in September 2011.