Forestry Statistics 2007 - Recreation

Wales All Forests Survey

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Surveying took place from January 2004 to January 2005 with over 1,200 hours of fieldwork undertaken during 285 days. During this period, 765 face to face interviews were achieved. By stratifying all Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) woodlands by estimated usage and the size of surrounding population, this study estimated that around 4.3 million visits are made annually to WAG woodland in Wales.

At a combined level, the blocks selected are representative of the range of facilities and activities available in WAG woodland, but this is not always the case at a district level. Approximately a fifth of each district’s forests were included in the survey.

Table 5.6 provides a summary of the key results obtained from the Wales All Forests survey.

Table 5.6 Woodland visit characteristics - Wales All Forests Survey

Woodland visit characteristics

2004

per cent of visits

Type of trip

          Day trip

81

          Overnight trip

19

Main activity during visit

          Dog walking

40

          Other walking

32

          Cycling

12

Main transport

          Car / van

81

          Walked

12

          Cycled

3

Distance travelled (one-way)

          Less than 6 miles

46

          6 to 15 miles

22

          16 to 25 miles

13

          Over 25 miles

19

Duration of visit (time spent in forest)

          Up to 1 hour

55

          Over 1 hour, up to 2 hours

27

          Over 2 hours, up to 3 hours

8

          Over 3 hours

12

Frequency of visit to site of interview

          More than once a day

6

          Once a day

10

          1 to 3 times per week

23

          1 to 3 times per month

16

          1 to 3 times per year

19

          Less often

7

          First ever visit

19

Importance of forest and facilities in decsion to visit area

          Only reason for coming

26

          Very important

39

          Quite important

17

Group composition

          Alone

37

          Couples / groups of two

42

          Groups of three or more

20

Not National Statistics.

Source: Wales All Forests Survey 2004, carried out by TNS.


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