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Bim Afolami: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the amount of woodland there was in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each year since 2010.

David Rutley: The Forestry Commission produces statistics on woodland area in the UK. These are Official Statistics, produced to meet the standard of the Code of Practice for Statistics.

Woodland area statistics can be found on the Forest Research website, together with background information at:

https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/statistics/statistics-by-topic/woodland-statistics/

The area of woodland for each country since 2010, taken from the published statistics, is shown in the table below:

Woodland area (millions of hectares)
YearEnglandWalesScotlandNorthern IrelandUK
20101.290.301.380.093.06
20111.290.301.380.093.07
20121.300.301.400.113.11
20131.300.311.410.113.13
20141.300.311.420.113.14
20151.310.311.430.113.15
20161.310.311.440.113.16
20171.310.311.440.113.16
20181.310.311.450.113.17
20191.310.311.460.113.19

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