Forestry Statistics 2007 - Recreation

Forestry Commission facilities and activities

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A breakdown of the recreation facilities and activities that were included on the recreation area of the Forestry Commission website in July 2007 is shown below. A total of 655 sites were featured on the website: 298 (45%) in Scotland, 243 (37%) in England and 114 (17%) in Wales.

Over four-fifths of sites had parking facilities; over three-quarters offered walking activities.

Table 5.10 Number of Forestry Commission recreation facilities and activities1,2, July 2007

Facilities/ activities

England

Scotland

Wales

GB

number of sites

Total sites on FC website

243

298

114

655

Facilities

     Parking - Free

177

235

77

489

     Parking - Paid

37

18

11

66

     Information

109

129

21

259

     Easy Access

93

43

19

155

     Toilet

73

62

16

151

     Refreshments

53

27

8

88

     Visitor Centre

28

21

6

55

     Shop

25

11

5

41

Activities

     Walking

177

245

81

503

     Picnic

119

103

40

262

     Cycling

106

112

38

256

     Horse Riding

73

63

57

193

     Wildlife Activities

70

68

10

148

     Education

53

42

14

109

     View Point

29

65

12

106

     Heritage

26

44

5

75

     Fishing

28

20

13

61

     Barbecue

37

6

14

57

     Play Area

33

18

6

57

     Orienterring

34

16

6

56

     Camping

24

11

4

39

     Arts

16

17

0

33

     Forest Drive

15

11

1

27

     Arboretum

8

4

4

16

     Watersports

4

3

2

9

     Skiing

0

2

0

2

Source: Forestry Commission.

Notes:

1. Number of sites where a given facility or activity is present. These data are not directly comparable with numbers published for years before 2003.

2. A small number of facilities or activities are double counted as they appear more than once in the database used for the website.

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