Forestry Statistics 2007 - Recreation

Visits to woodland - household surveys

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An England Leisure Visits Survey (ELVS) was carried out during 2005. This survey measured the extent of participation by the English adult population in Leisure Visits, defined as round trips from home for leisure purposes (although the survey also collected information on trips made from a holiday base). Telephone interviews were conducted across all geographic regions in England, with a core sample of 23,500.

In 2005, 5% of all Leisure Visits, an estimated 170 million trips, included a trip to a woodland or forest. Table 5.2 shows the main characteristics of the trips which involved a visit to a wood or forest

Table 5.2 Woodland visit characteristics - England 2005 (ELVS)

Woodland visit characteristics

2005

per cent

Most recent woodland visit

          Within last month

16

          Within last year

40

Season of year

          January-March

29

          April-June

27

          July-September

22

          October-December

23

Day of week

          Weekday

61

          Weekend

39

Main activity on trip

          Walking

62

          Cycling

9

          Eat/drink out

6

Duration of visit (round trip)

          Up to 1 hour

30

          Over 1, up to 2 hours

26

          Over 2, up to 3 hours

12

          Over 3 hours

31

Distance travelled (round trip)

          Up to 2 miles

6

          Over 2, up to 5 miles

32

          Over 5, up to 20 miles

33

          Over 20 miles

29

Main mode of transport

          Car/van

45

          On foot

41

          Bicycle

8

Group composition

          One adult only

33

          With family

47

          With friends

18

          Organised group

2

Perceived owner or manager

          Local Authority

18

          Forestry Commission

8

          Voluntary organisation

15

          Private owner

24

          Other

12

          Don't know

25

Not National Statistics.

Source: England Leisure Visits Survey 2005, carried out by Research International.

Notes:

1. Most recent woodland visit figures refer to per cent of respondents, others refer to per cent of trips.


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