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Woodlands for Wales indicators

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  • Release date: 20 December 2016
  • Period covered: 2015-16
  • Next update: June 2019
An annual report which shows information on area of woodland, new planting, economic output and the amount of visits to woodland.

This is the seventh indicators report since the revision in March 2009 of Woodlands for Wales, the Welsh Government’s strategy for woodlands and trees.

The aim of the indicators is to monitor progress towards achieving the 20 high level outcomes described in Woodlands for Wales. Many of the indicators relate to more than one of the high level outcomes. As some aspects of woodlands and trees change slowly, some indicators are not updated every year. Instead they're updated every two, three, or five years, in line with the reporting programme of the National Forest Inventory and some Natural Resources Wales surveys.

Some information is only available for limited periods or areas, while for some indicators there is only a baseline figure at present. A few of the indicators are still under development and reporting against these should occur in future years. For more information on the quality of the statistics and the definitions used please refer to the ‘Key Quality Information’ and ‘Glossary’ sections towards the end of the release.

Key points

  • The area of woodland in Wales is now 306,000 hectares: 156,000 hectares of broadleaves; and 150,000 hectares of conifers.
  • The amount of new planting increased between 2009 and 2014 when a total of 3,289 hectares were planted, but the rate of new planting has fallen back in recent years and in the year to 31 March 2016 141 hectares (102 hectares of broadleaves and 39 hectares of conifers) were planted.
  • The forestry sector in Wales has an annual Gross Value Added (GVA) of £528.6 million.
  • 64% of surveyed adults in Wales reported visiting woodland recreationally in the last few years.


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