Official Statistics

Forestry Commission Key Performance Indicators: Headline Performance Update at 30 September 2023

Mid-year interim report on the Forestry Commission's ten headline key performance indicators (KPIs).

Applies to England



This statistical report presents the Forestry Commission’s ten headline key performance indicators (KPIs) that align to vision and goals of the Forestry Commission as set out in the recently published Thriving for the Future: Forestry Commission Strategy 2023-2028.

This statistical report includes interim updates for the first half of 2023-24 for the three headline indicators where data available at mid-year. Six of the other headline indicators are updated annually. One indicator is new and currently being developed. This is an Official Statistics publication. This is the latest release. View previous releases.

The main findings for the indicators updated to 30 September 2023 are:

  • 1,293 hectares of new planting of woodland in England was reported in the first six months of 2023-24, together with 6,000 trees outside woodland (equivalent to an area of approximately eight hectares). Total new creation of woodland and planting of trees in England in the first half of 2023-24 was 1,301 hectares (approximately 2,114,000 trees) (provisional statistics)

  • 58% of woodland is sustainably managed in England at 30 September 2023. The figure is 50% for woodland other than that in the nation’s forests managed by Forestry England

  • 99.79% of known tree felling in England was carried out with Forestry Commission approval in the year to 30 September 2023

Published 16 November 2023