Forestry Statistics 2011 - 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.  The survey is expected to run for 3 years. 

Table 6.2 shows the main characteristics of visits to woodlands.

Table 6.2 Woodland visit characteristics1 - England 2009-10 to 2010-11

 

2009-10

2010-11 

per cent

Activities on trip (multi response)

   

     Walking with a dog

66 68

     Other walking

21 21

     Wildlife watching

6 5

     Playing with children

6 5

     Eat/ drink out

4 4

     Visiting an attraction

3 3

     Off road cycling or mountain biking

2 2

     Road cycling

2 2

Main mode of transport

   

     On foot

61 62

     Car/ van

35

 34

     Bicycle

2 2

Distance travelled (one way)

   

     Less than 1 mile

38 36

     1 to 2 miles

25 27

     3 to 5 miles

19 19

     6 to 10 miles

7 8

     Over 10 miles

11 10

Duration of visit (round trip)

   

     Up to 1 hour

26 23

     1 - less than 2 hours

42 44

     2 - less than 3 hours

15 16

     3 hours or more

17 17

Not National Statistics.

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

Notes:

1. All trips that included a visit to woodland. 

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