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Woodlands for Wales indicators

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  • Release date: 16 December 2015
  • Period covered: 2014-15
  • Next update: 30 November 2016
An annual report which shows information on area of woodland, new planting, economic output and the amount of visits to woodland.

Key points

  • The area of woodland in Wales has increased over the last thirteen years and is now 306,000 hectares.
  • The amount of new planting increased between 2009 and 2014 when a total of 3,289 hectares were planted, but the rate of planting fell back in 2015 to 103 hectares.
  • The forestry sector in Wales has an annual Gross Value Added (GVA) of £499.3 million and employs between 8,500 and 11,300 people.
  • 64% of surveyed adults in Wales reported visiting woodland recreationally in the last few years and 52% of all outdoor visits included time spent in woodland.


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