Forestry Statistics 2011 - Recreation

Forestry Commission facilities and activities

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A breakdown of the recreation facilities and activities that were included on the recreation area of the Forestry Commission website in August 2011 is shown below.  A total of 675 sites were featured on the website: 307 (45%) in Scotland, 257 (38%) in England and 111 (16%) in Wales.

Most sites had parking facilities; around three quarters of sites offered walking activities and around two fifths cycling routes and picnic sites.

Table 6.12 Number of Forestry Commission recreation facilities and activities1,2,3, August 2011
Facilities/ activities

England

Wales

Scotland

GB

number of sites

Total sites on FC website

257

111

307

675

Facilities

 Parking - Free

187

80

248

515

 Parking - Paid

43

7

23

73

 Information

110

20

125

255

 Easy Access

98

25

50

173

 Toilets

72

15

65

152

 Refreshments

54

7

31

92

 Visitor Centre

30

6

20

56

 Shop

18

5

12

35

Activities

 Walking

177

84

251

512

 Picnic

114

39

107

260

 Cycling

113

41

118

272

 Horse Riding

76

59

80

215

 Wildlife Activities

75

12

81

168

 Education

54

13

22

89

 View Point

39

14

87

140

 Heritage

27

5

54

86

 Fishing

27

11

17

55

 Barbecue

31

11

6

48

 Play Area

29

6

13

48

 Orienteering

34

4

16

54

 Camping

21

3

6

30

 Arts

19

0

19

38

 Forest Drive

13

1

3

17

 Arboretum

7

5

7

19

 Watersports

4

2

3

9

 Skiing

0

0

1

1

Not National Statistics.

Source: Forestry Commission.

Notes:

1. Number of sites where a given facility or activity is present. These data are not directly comparable with numbers published for years before 2003.

2. Facilities and activity counts are taken from the recreation listings on the Forestry Commission website:  http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/fchomepages.nsf/hp/GBEEE

3. A small number of facilities or activities are double counted as they appear more than once in the database used for the website.

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