Forestry Statistics 2012 - Recreation

Visits to woodland - on-site surveys

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The Wales All Forests Survey was undertaken over a one year period. Surveying took place from January 2004 to January 2005 with over 1,200 hours of fieldwork undertaken during 285 days. During this period, 765 face to face interviews were conducted. The study estimated that around 4.3 million visits are made annually to WG woodland in Wales.

At a national level, the surveyed sites are representative of the range of facilities and activities available in WG woodland, but this is not always the case at a district level. Approximately one fifth of each district’s forests were included in the survey.

Table 6.8 provides a summary of the key results obtained from the Wales All Forests survey. Around four fifths of visitors to Welsh Government woodland were on a day trip from home. Walking (with or without a dog) was the main activity undertaken by around three quarters of visitors. Around four fifths travelled to the site by car or van and around one third travelled more than 15 miles to get to the site. Most visitors were on short trips, with over one half spending one hour or less in the forest. Over one half of respondents visited the site at least monthly. Around one quarter considered the forest and its facilities to be the only reason for visiting the area and a further two fifths reported that it was very important in their decision to visit. Over one third of respondents visited the site alone.

Table 6.8 Woodland visit characteristics - Wales All Forests Survey

Woodland visit characteristics

2004

per cent of respondents

Type of trip

 

     Day trip

81

     Overnight trip

19

Main activity during visit

 

     Dog walking

40

     Other walking

32

     Cycling

12

Main transport

 

     Car / van

81

     Walked

12

     Cycled

3

Distance travelled (one-way)

 

     Less than 6 miles

46

     6 to 15 miles

22

     16 to 25 miles

13

     Over 25 miles

19

Duration of visit (time spent in forest)

 

     Up to 1 hour

55

     Over 1 hour, up to 2 hours

27

     Over 2 hours, up to 3 hours

8

     Over 3 hours

10

Frequency of visit to site of interview

 

     More than once a day

6

     Once a day

10

     1 to 3 times per week

23

     1 to 3 times per month

16

     1 to 3 times per year

19

     Less often

7

     First ever visit

19

Importance of forest and facilities in decision to visit area

 

     Only reason for coming

26

     Very important

39

     Quite important

17

Group composition

 

     Alone

37

     Couples / groups of two

42

     Groups of three or more

20

Source: Wales All Forests Survey 2004, carried out by TNS.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

 

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