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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17835: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the level of tree planting has been in each of the last 10 years.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 15 August 2018

The area of new tree planting in Scotland (including known natural colonisation) is published annually as an official statistic by the Forestry Commission: https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/documents/5144/WAPR2018.xls . Data for each of the last ten years has been reproduced below.

The most recent year that final planting data is available for is the period between April 2016 and March 2017. Provisional results for the period April 2017 to March 2018 have been released and so these have also been included in the following table.

Area of new planting in Scotland since 2008

Year

Area of new planting

(thousands of hectares)

2008

4.2

2009

3.4

2010

2.7

2011

6.0

2012

9.0

2013

7.0

2014

8.3

2015

7.6

2016

4.6

2017

4.8

2018

7.1