Forestry Statistics 2008 - Recreation

Number of visits

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In 2007 an estimated 72 million recreation visits were made by the Scottish population to woodland in Scotland, either as a main destination or other destination (28 million to Forestry Commission woodland, 44 million to other woodland). This represents a 5% decrease from the 76 million recreation visits to woodland estimated for 2006.

Table 5.3 Estimated number of visits taken to woodlands for recreation in Scotland, 2004-2007

Year

FC owned woodland

        Other woodland /
don't know owner

                          Total

millions of visits

2004

28.5

41.9

70.4

2005

28.8

33.2

62.1

2006

34.841.075.8

2007

28.443.872.2

Not National Statistics.

Source: Scottish Recreation Survey, carried out by TNS.

Notes:

1. The Scottish Recreation Survey results are obtained from the Scottish Omnibus Survey. All results are subject to the effects of chance in sampling, so a range of uncertainty (confidence interval) should be associated with any result from the survey. The confidence intervals take into account the effect of clustering, weighting and stratification in the survey design. For example, the range of uncertainty around the 72 million visits in 2006 result should be no more than around +/-15%, i.e. the true figure is likely to be between around 61 and 83 million.

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