Date lodged: 19 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many hectares of private forestry land are owned by (a) individuals, (b) families, (c) resident owners, (d) absentee owners, (e) charitable bodies and (f) corporate bodies.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 16 January 2018
The Scottish Government does not hold data about these categories of ownership of private forestry. Information showing the estimated number of hectares of privately owned forests in the UK in the following classifications was published by the Forestry Commission in 2005, as part a one off assessment drawing on data from the last national forest inventory: forest land owned by individuals, owned by families, owned by forest industries, owned by private institutions, owned by co-operatives owned by religious institutions, owned by educational institutions, and owned by other private institutions.
This data is available at www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-7aqk5z
As part of the current National Forest Inventory, Forest Research has collected a limited sample data-set on the ownership of woodlands in Scotland, England and Wales. This data was collected by means of a questionnaire. The data is currently being assessed for quality assurance purposes.