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Forests

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what area and proportion of land in each forest district managed by Forestry Commission England has potential for lowland heathland re-creation (a) has been replanted with conifers since 2005 and (b) is scheduled for conifer re-planting. (282479)

The potential area of lowland heath based on recent Forestry Commission surveys in each forest district and the area that has been replanted since 2005 is given in the following table. The area scheduled for replanting following clear felling is given based on the existing management plans to 2020. These plans are subject to revision in the light of new policy developments and any operational considerations such as wind damage, disease etc.

Potential lowland heathlandPotential lowland heathland replanted since 2005Potential lowland heathland scheduled for conifer replanting up to 2020

Forest district

Area (ha)

Area (ha)

Percentage of potential

Area (ha)

Percentage of potential

Kielder FD

108

0

0.0

0

0

North West England FD

0

0

0.0

0

0

North York Moors FD

225

6

0.0

20

9

Sherwood and Lincolnshire FD

4,733

108

0.8

527

11

West Midlands FD

1,527

46

0.4

298

20

Northamptonshire FD

32

0

0.0

0

0

East Anglia FD

18,595

662

2.6

3,436

18

Peninsular FD

0

0

0.0

0

0

Forest of Dean FD2

367

4

0.0

58

16

New Forest FD1 (Dorset)

2,711

68

0.2

1,103

41

South East England FD

1,135

23

0.1

279

25

Total

29,433

917

0.4

5,721

19

1 The New Forest forest district includes land managed by the Forestry Commission in Dorset. The table does not include the SSSI/SPA/SAC designated land managed by the Forestry Commission in the New Forest national park.

2 The figures for the Forest of Dean forest district include land in Gloucestershire and the surrounding counties managed by the Forestry Commission. It does not include the area of the Forest of Dean’s statutory inclosures.