Forestry Statistics 2011 - Recreation

Visits to woodland - household surveys

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The Public Opinion of Forestry Survey is carried out every two years and obtains people's attitudes to forestry and forestry-related issues, including visits to woodland.

The results shown in Tables 6.6 and 6.7 and Figure 6.1 have been taken from the UK and country reports on the surveys in 2011 and earlier years. The reports also include other recreation-related results, such as whether the woodlands visited were in towns or the countryside and any reasons given by survey respondents for not visiting woodlands.

In the UK 2011 survey, 67% of respondents said that they had visited woodland in the last few years for walks, picnics or other recreation.

Table 6.6 Woodland visitors1

Year

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

per cent of respondents

2003

66

62

64

77

67

2005

65 69 50 67 65

2007

76 79 75 62 77

2009

77 .. 57 .. 77

2010

.. .. .. 72 ..

2011 

68 68 75 .. 67

Not National Statistics.

Source: UK/GB, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Public Opinion of Forestry Surveys

Base: UK/GB = 4,000 respondents (2003, 2005, 2007), 2,000 respondents (2009, 2011); Scotland and Wales = 1,000 respondents each; Northern Ireland = 120 respondents (2003), 1,000 respondents (2005, 2007, 2010).

Notes:

1. Those stating that they had visited woodland in the last few years.

.. denotes data not available (survey not run that year or question not asked)

Survey respondents were asked how frequently they had visited during the previous summer and winter. Figure 6.1, which presents UK results for the 2007 to 2011 surveys, shows that respondents visited much more often during the summer, with 51% visiting at least once a month in the summer compared to 28% in the winter.

Figure 6.1 Frequency of visits to woodlands

Not National Statistics.

Source:  UK Public Opinion of Forestry Surveys, 2007 to 2011.

Base:  Average visit frequencies from last three UK surveys:  4,000 respondents in 2007; 2,000 in 2009; 2,000 in 2011.

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