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A report which shows information on area of woodland, new planting, economic output and the amount of visits to woodland for April 2017 to March 2018.

Main points

  • In 2018 woodland cover in Wales was 308,000 ha, 157,000 hectares of broadleaves; and 151,000 hectares of conifers.
  • In 2017, 41,900 hectares of urban area in Wales had tree cover.
  • Forestry is predicted to remain a net sink for atmospheric carbon.
  • 77% of adults surveyed in Wales had visited woodland for recreation in the last 12 months.
  • Between 10,300 and 11,000 people worked in the forestry sector in Wales in 2017.
  • In 2017 the total Gross Value Added (GVA) of the forestry sector was £665 million.

Further information

This report contains indicators to measure our progress towards the high level outcomes described in Woodlands for Wales.

The 23 indicators cover changes in the area and nature of Welsh woodlands and trees. They also monitor the goods and services they deliver.

The report includes:

  • data sources
  • the desired trend for each indicator
  • baseline information, where available. 
  • commentary setting out relevance, key points and any notes to give context to the data

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 report.


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