Conifers

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd December 2021.

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Government does not hold this information, however the Forestry Commission produces Official Statistics on woodland in England that is felled and not replanted as a part of the restoration and creation of open habitats. These are provided as a total for all woodland including both conifer and broadleaf on an annual basis in the Forestry Commission Key Performance Indicators. These statistics are available from 2010-21 onwards and the areas from the published statistics are shown below:

Year (ending 31 March)

Open habitats restored or created in woodland in England (hectares)

2011

893

2012

735

2013

460

2014

906

2015

343

2016

550

2017

285

2018

335

2019

181

2020

-80

2021

408

Source: Forestry Commission administrative data

Note: the net reduction in 2019-20 in open habitat restoration or creation was due to a land transfer from Forestry England to Forestry and Land Scotland.

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