UK woodlands worth £1.8bn in pollution removal services

The UK’s woodlands removed 292,000 tonnes of air pollution in 2015, a service that is valued at £1.8bn by the Office for National Statistics, but freshwater ecosystem services are declining

Woodlands are good at removing particulate matter. Photograph: Helen Hotson/123RF

The UK’s woodlands are worth £1.8bn in pollution removal services, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS published its natural capital accounts for woodland, freshwater and farmland on 25 July. 1 It has been working with DEFRA since 2011 on valuing natural capital, aiming to incorporate it into the national environmental accounts by 2020.

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