Forestry Statistics 2008 - 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 2008 is shown below. A total of 671 sites were featured on the website: 304 (45%) in Scotland, 260 (39%) in England and 107 (16%) in Wales.

Over three quarters of sites had parking facilities; almost four fifths offered walking activities and over two fifths cycling routes.

Table 5.11 Number of Forestry Commission recreation facilities and activities1,2, July 2008

Facilities/ activities

England

Scotland

Wales

GB

number of sites

Total sites on FC website

260

304

107

671

Facilities

   Parking - Free

189

242

79

510

   Parking - Paid

41

20

9

70

   Information

118

130

20

268

   Easy Access

100

46

22

168

   Toilets

73

65

14

152

   Refreshments

55

29

7

91

   Visitor Centre

31

21

5

57

   Shop

22

13

4

39

Activities

   Walking

185

263

84

532

   Picnic

122

112

39

273

   Cycling

115

127

40

282

   Horse Riding

81

80

57

218

   Wildlife Activities

80

79

11

170

   Education

61

32

14

107

   View Point

35

86

12

133

   Heritage

29

49

5

83

   Fishing

29

20

13

62

   Barbecue

36

6

13

55

   Play Area

33

18

6

57

   Orienteering

37

15

6

58

   Camping

24

11

4

39

   Arts

20

21

0

41

   Forest Drive

15

8

1

24

   Arboretum

9

4

5

18

   Watersports

4

3

2

9

   Skiing

0

2

0

2

Not National Statistics.

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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