Forestry Statistics 2010 - Recreation

Visits to woodland - household surveys

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In March 2009 fieldwork commenced on the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) survey, which includes collecting information on visits to the outdoors in England.  Results for the first year (2009-10) show an estimated 317 million trips that included a visit to a woodland or forest.  Table 6.2 shows the main characteristics of these trips.

Table 6.2 Woodland visit characteristics1 - England 2009-10 (MENE)

 

2009-10

per cent

Activities on trip (multi response)

 

     Walking with a dog

66

     Other walking

21

     Wildlife watching

6

     Playing with children

6

     Eat/drink out

4

     Cycling

3

Main mode of transport

 

     On foot

61

     Car/ van

35

     Bicycle

2

Distance travelled (one way)

 

     Less than 1 mile

38

     1 to 2 miles

25

     3 to 5 miles

19

     6 to 10 miles

7

     Over 10 miles

11

Duration of visit (round trip)

 

     Up to 1 hour

26

     1 - less than 2 hours

42

     2 - less than 3 hours

15

     3 hours or more

17

Not National Statistics.

Source: Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) 2009-10, carried out by TNS Travel & Tourism, for Natural England, Department of Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and Forestry Commission.

Notes:

1. All trips that included a visit to woodland. 

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