Woodland area as a percentage of total land area, and woodland area certified as sustainably managed as a percentage of total woodland area

At 31 March 2022…

  • The area of woodland in the UK is estimated to be 3.24 million hectares (13% of the UK land area). This represents 10% of the land area in England, 15% in Wales, 19% in Scotland and 9% in Northern Ireland.
  • 44% of woodland area in the UK is certified as sustainably managed.
  • Since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, woodland area as a proportion of total land area has increased by 2.4% in the UK (an increase of 0.3 percentage points).

  • See the Forest Research’s Forestry Statistics 2022 report for more information.

    Also, see the Woodland Natural Capital Accounts (available from the Office for National Statistics) for information on ecosystem services for woodlands in the UK.


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    Source: Forest Research

    Geographical Area: United Kingdom

    Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

    Footnote: Figures for non-certified woodland in Northern Ireland are not shown prior to 2013 due to a change in the Northern Ireland methodology. Therefore, headline figures for non-certified woodland in the UK are also not shown prior to 2013. There was no change in the methodology for certified woodland.

    This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

    This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

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