Forestry Statistics 2009 - Recreation

Number of visits

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In 2008 an estimated 62 million recreation visits were made by the Scottish population to woodland in Scotland, either as the main destination of a visit or as one of a few destinations within a single visit to the outdoors (24 million to Forestry Commission woodland, 40 million to other woodland). This represents a 14% decrease from the 72 million recreation visits to woodland estimated for 2007.

Table 6.3 Estimated number of visits taken to woodlands for recreation in Scotland, 2006-2008 1,2,3
Year

FC owned Woodland

Other woodland/
don't know owner

Total 

All visits

Of which main destination

All visits

Of which main destination

All visits

Of which main destination

millions of visits

2006

  34.8

27.5

41.0

29.5

75.8

55.6

2007

28.4

22.6

43.8

33.0

72.2

53.9

2008

23.9

19.3

40.3

25.1

62.2

42.3

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 62 million visits in 2008 result should be no more than around +/-14%, i.e. the true figure is likely to be between around 55 and 69million.

2. Visits are split into those made to FC owned woodland and other woodland/ don't know owner.  'Total' visits cover those visits where one or more of the locations visited in a single visit was a woodland/forest location and not the sum of the two sub- categories shown above.

3. 'All visits' relate to visits where locations other than woodland may have been visited as part of the trip. Woodland may not have been the main destination of the trip in some of these cases. 'Of which main destination' relates to visits where woodland was the main location of the visit.

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