On 29th June 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 managed by the Forestry Commission in England are (1) open habitat, (2) agricultural land, (3) quarries, (4) car parks, and (5) built development.
Lord Gardiner of Kimble: The Public Forest Estate in England is 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 figures below are accurate for the 1 April 2018.
|Land managed by the Forestry Commission in England||Hectares (Ha)|
|(1) Open habitat||44,567 ha|
|(2) Agricultural land||7,212 ha|
|(3) Quarries||216 ha|
|(4) Car parks||152 ha|
|(5) Built development||243 ha|