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. Note these are forests, meaning that they may contain a number of smaller plantations or woodlands each with their own names, with the term ‘forest’ taken to mean a larger landscape-scale feature.
Since publishing this post I have started work on a series of guidebooks to more than 1000 forests across Britain. The first one to be published is The Forest Guide Scotland (Bloomsbury, 2023). Guidebooks are due for Wales (2024/5) and England (2025/6).
I have also compiled a comprehensive online forest guide to more than 1000 copses, woods and forests across Britain. Access is free for readers or can be purchased for a small fee. Read more
|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).
If you are interested in finding out more, check out The Forest Guide Online.