Forestry Statistics 2009 - Recreation

Visits to woodland - household surveys

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An England Leisure Visits Survey (ELVS) was carried out during 2005. This survey measured the extent of participation by the English adult population in Leisure Visits, defined as round trips from home for leisure purposes (although the survey also collected information on trips made from a holiday base). Telephone interviews were conducted across all geographic regions in England, with a core sample of 23,500.

In 2005, 5% of all Leisure Visits, an estimated 170 million trips, included a trip to a woodland or forest. Table 6.2 shows the main characteristics of the trips which involved a visit to a wood or forest.

At the beginning of 2009 fieldwork commenced on Natural England's "Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment" which will collect information on visits to the outdoors in England. The Forestry Commission is providing support for this survey and results relating to the woodland visits covered by the survey will be published in Forestry Statistics 2010.

Table 6.2 Woodland visit characteristics - England 2005 (ELVS)1

Woodland visit characteristics

2005

per cent

Most recent woodland visit

     Within last month

16

     Within last year

40

Season of year

     January-March

29

     April-June

27

     July-September

22

     October-December

23

Day of week

     Weekday

61

     Weekend

39

Main activity on trip

     Walking

62

     Cycling

9

     Eat/drink out

6

Duration of visit (round trip)

     Up to 1 hour

30

     Over 1, up to 2 hours

26

     Over 2, up to 3 hours

12

     Over 3 hours

31

Distance travelled (round trip)

     Up to 2 miles

6

     Over 2, up to 5 miles

32

     Over 5, up to 20 miles

33

     Over 20 miles

29

Main mode of transport

     Car/van

45

     On foot

41

     Bicycle

8

Group composition

     One adult only

33

     With family

47

     With friends

18

     Organised group

2

Perceived owner or manager

     Local Authority

18

     Forestry Commission

8

     Voluntary organisation

15

     Private owner

24

     Other

12

     Don't know

25

Not National Statistics.

Source: England Leisure Visits Survey 2005, carried out by Research International.

Notes:

1. Most recent woodland visit figures refer to per cent of respondents, others refer to per cent of trips.

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