Forestry Statistics 2009 - Recreation

Scotland All Forests Survey

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All Forests surveying was carried out in Scotland across all 15 forest districts1. Due to the scale of this exercise, fieldwork was spread across a three-year period from June 2004 to June 2007, with over 5,000 hours of fieldwork, undertaken over 1,158 days achieving almost 2,700 face to face interviews. By stratifying all Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) woodlands, independently in each forest district, by estimated usage and the size of surrounding population, this study estimated that around 8.2 million visits are made annually to FCS woodland.

At a combined level, the blocks selected are representative of the range of facilities and activities available in FCS 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 6.9 provides a summary of the key characteristics and results obtained from the Scotland All Forests survey.

Table 6.9 Woodland visit characteristics - Scotland All Forests Survey

Woodland visit characteristics

2004-2007

per cent of respondents

Type of trip

     Day trip

82

     Overnight trip

18

Main activity during visit

     Dog walking

50

     Other walking

29

     Cycling

11

Main transport

     Car / van

78

     Walked

18

     Cycled

2

Distance travelled (one-way)

     Less than 6 miles

58

     6 to 15 miles

19

     16 to 25 miles

10

     Over 25 miles

12

Duration of visit (time spent in forest)

     Up to 1 hour

59

     Over 1 hour, up to 2 hours

24

     Over 2 hours, up to 3 hours

10

     Over 3 hours

7

Frequency of visit to site of interview

     More than once a day

7

     Once a day

13

     1 to 3 times per week

25

     1 to 3 times per month

17

     1 to 3 times per year

17

     Less often

5

     First ever visit

16

Importance of forest and facilities in decision to visit area

     Only reason for coming

23

     Very important

40

     Quite important

17

Group composition

     Alone

42

     Couples / groups of two

37

     Groups of three or more

21

Not National Statistics.

Source: Scotland All Forests Survey 2004-2007, carried out by TNS.

Notes:

1. A third of FC forest districts were surveyed each year, although by the end of the project, the Kincardine and Buchan forest districts had been combined to form one forest district named Aberdeenshire.

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