Forestry Statistics 2008 - Recreation

Visits to woodland - household surveys

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The Public Opinion of Forestry Survey is carried out every two years and obtains people's attitudes to forestry and forestry-related issues, including visits to woodland.

The results shown in Tables 5.5 and 5.6 and Figure 5.1 have been taken from the UK and country reports on the surveys in 2007 and earlier years. The reports also include other recreation-related results, such as whether the woodlands visited were in towns or the countryside and any reasons given by survey respondents for not visiting woodlands.

In the UK 2007 survey, 77% of respondents said that they had visited woodland in the last few years for walks, picnics or other recreation.

Table 5.5 Woodland visitors1

Year

England

Scotland

    Wales

Northern
Ireland

        UK

per cent of respondents

2003

66

64

62

77

67

2005

6550696765
20077675796277

Not National Statistics.

Source: UK and GB Public Opinion of Forestry Surveys, 2003 to 2007

Base: UK/ GB = 4,000 respondents; Scotland and Wales = 1,000 respondents each; Northern Ireland = 120 respondents (2003), 1,000 respondents (2005 and 2007)

Notes:

1.  Those stating they had visited woodland in the last few years.

Survey respondents were asked how frequently they had visited during the previous summer and winter.  Figure 5.1, which presents UK results for the 2003 to 2007 surveys, shows that respondents visited much more often during the summer, with 46% visiting at least once a month in the summer compared to 23% in the winter.

Figure 5.1  Frequency of visits to woodlands

Figure 5.1 Frequency of visits to woodlands

Not National Statistics.

Source:  UK and GB Public Opinion of Forestry Surveys, 2003 to 2007.

Base:  average visit frequencies from last three surveys - 4,120 in 2003; 4,000 in 2005; 4,000 in 2007.

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