Woodland Register

Date published: 07 April 2020

Last updated: 09 November 2022

The Northern Ireland woodland register provides data in tabular format on the area of forest or woodland, by forest or woodland type, and whether managed by the Forest Service or not. This dataset is derived from a basemap consisting of forests and woodlands throughout Northern Ireland with a minimum size of 0.1 hectare (Ha).


Forests and woodlands are recorded as broadleaf, conifer, mixed (conifer and broadleaf), short rotation coppice, or, where no information is available, of unknown type. Land classified by DAERA as dense scrub is recorded as broadleaf woodland. Additional categories, such as areas awaiting replanting or awaiting natural regeneration, and open ground considered integral to the woodland (e.g. forest roads, glades, rides and fire breaks) are also included.

The woodland basemap has been compiled using Geographic Information datasets provided by statutory and non-statutory bodies. The 2022 woodland register updates the 2021 woodland register.

The basemap is used to produce a map showing forest and woodland cover. Boundaries shown on the map do not reflect legal boundaries and should be treated as indicative. While every effort is made in preparing material for publication, no responsibility is accepted by or on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for any errors or omissions contained in the map of forest and woodland cover in Northern Ireland.

Although generally synonymous, the terms ‘forest’ and ‘woodland’ are used here to respectively represent a relatively large land holding managed primarily to grow trees for a defined, non-agricultural purpose (such as the supply of wood products for industrial use), and, an area of trees of at least 0.1 hectare (0.25 acre) forming part of a land holding and managed in such a way as to complement the rest of the land holding.

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