February 21, 2011
The UK is Europe’s second-least wooded country: only Ireland has less trees (read more). This does not mean that the UK is without large forests. I’ve compiled a top ten of the UK’s largest forests:
|1.||Galloway Forest Park||Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland||770||297|
|2.||Kielder Forest Park||Northumberland, England||610||235|
|3.||New Forest||Hampshire, England||270||104|
|4.||Dornoch Forest||Sutherland, Scotland||260||100|
|5.||Argyll Forest Park||Argyll, Scotland||210||81|
|6.||Queen Elizabeth Forest Park||Stirling, Scotland||200||77|
|7.||Thetford Forest Park||Norfolk / Suffolk, England||190||73|
|8.||Affric Forest||Invernesshire, Scotland||180||69|
|9.||Tay Forest Park||Perthshire, Scotland||170||65|
|10.||Glengarry Forest||Invernesshire, Scotland||165||63|
Seven out of the 10 are forests in Scotland, including the largest Galloway Forest Park. Three of the top 10 are in England, including the second largest in the UK; Kielder Forest. Welsh forests do not feature in the top 10 although a close contender is Clocaenog Forest in West Denbighshire/Conwy Wales, which is 100 km² (40 miles²) in area.
I’ve created a Google map showing the top ten forest locations in the UK (click on the image to view).