On 17th May 2018 the Bishop of St Albans, Rt Revd Alan Smith, received a written answer to a question on Forestry Commission Land:
The Lord Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hectares of land were owned by the Forestry Commission in (1) 2000, (2) 2005, (3) 2010, (4) 2015, and (5) 2018.
Lord Gardiner of Kimble: The public forest estate in England is owned by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and placed at the disposal of the Forestry Commissioners under section (3)1 of the Forestry Act 1967.
Figures for the area of land managed by the Forestry Commission in England are given below. The area includes land in both freehold and leasehold ownership. The majority of this is woodland, but it also includes associated open habitats, some agricultural land and land used for quarries, car parks and built development.
Year ending / Area – hectares
31 March 2000 / 262,504
31 March 2005 / 258,507
31 March 2010 / 255,990
31 March 2015 / 252,252
31 March 2018 / 252,063