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Forestry Commission release Forestry Statistics 2019


The Forestry Commission is responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands & last month they released their Forestry Statistics 2019 report.

We had a read through and pulled out some of the key findings regarding the UK’s Woodland Area & Planting:

As of 31st March 2019, the UK has a total of 3.19 million hectares of woodland – 13% of the total UK land area. 27% of this woodland is owned or managed by Forestry Commission (Forestry England, Forestry Land & Scotland, Natural Resources Wales & Forest Service (Northern Ireland)).

There are 1.4m hectares of certified woodland in the UK (as independently audited against the UK Woodland Assurance Standard) representing 44% of that total area. (Forestry certification schemes exist to promote good forest practice and are often used as an indicator of sustainable forest management.)

Woodland Creation

The benefits of woodland creation are well known including flood prevention, enhancing biodiversity and the many health benefits they provide, but we mustn’t overlook their ability to store carbon. They soak up carbon dioxide, removing it from our atmosphere and slow the changes to our climate.

Between 2018 – 19 13,000 hectares of new woodland were created in the UK, with conifers accounting for 60% of that new planting area.

At 13.4 thousand hectares in 2018 – 19, the current level of new planting represents a 47% increase from the 9.1 thousand hectares achieved in the previous year and continues to increase from 2015-16!

The full report can be read here;


AlbaCote Fertiliser

Alba offers a bespoke Fertiliser, Albacote to give trees to best possible chance of establishment.

AlbaCote (9-20-8) is a uniquely formulated controlled-release fertiliser (CRF) containing Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) as well as additional Boron + vital trace elements.

N – involved in the production of new tissue. Good levels of nitrogen in the plant over winter provide a good start in spring.

P – vital for energy transfer processes in plant tissues and important for root development.

K – essential for growth processes including photosynthesis as well as being vital for plant hardiness.

How Does AlbaCote Work?

In contrast to other CRF products, each granule of AlbaCote has a uniform composition – it is NOT made up of individual straight fertiliser components. This provides a more even nutrient release pattern.

AlbaCote consists of a strictly controlled blend of nutrients surrounded by an elastic resin coat. The rate of nutrient release is directly affected by soil temperature.

In UK forestry conditions, AlbaCote will generally provide a gradual release over a period of two growing seasons. This is considered sufficient to get young roots growing healthily and in search of naturally occurring nutrients.

AlbaCote (9-20-8)

9% Nitrogen

20% Phosphate (P2O5)

8% Potash (K2O)

Trace elements:

Boron; Copper; Iron; Manganese; Molybdenum; Zinc

Environmental Considerations

Guidelines on the application of fertiliser, produced by Scottish Environmental and Rural Services recommend that:

Fertiliser must be applied on land in such a way and at such times that the risk of pollution to the water environment is minimised.”

The use of AlbaCote CRF directly addresses this requirement by the accurate placement of nutrients and the fact that it does not leach out under excessive waterlogged conditions.

AlbaCote is supplied in 1.5kg bags, sufficient for 150 trees.