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Forestry Statistics 2013 - Recreation

Number of visits

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Table 6.3 provides information from the Scottish Recreation Survey on numbers of visits to woodlands and includes a breakdown by ownership of woodland. The results for ownership shown here are based on the data reported by respondents; in many cases, respondents do not know who owns the woodland that they have visited. Care should therefore be taken in interpreting these results.

In 2012 an estimated 62 million recreation visits were made by Scottish residents to woodland in Scotland, either as the main destination of a visit or as part of another visit to the outdoors. For 27 million of these visits, the woodland owner was reported to be the Forestry Commission.

Table 6.3 Estimated number of visits taken to woodlands for recreation in Scotland, 2008-2012
Year

FC woodland

Other woodland/
don't know owner

Total woodland 

 

All visits

Of which main destination

All visits

Of which main destination

All visits

Of which main destination

million visits

2008

25.0

18.5

39.0

24.7

62.2

43.2

2009

18.1

13.0

39.8

23.7

 56.5

36.7

2010 

21.3

16.1

43.2

30.1

63.0

46.2

2011

22.0

17.9

45.0

29.7

64.9

47.6

2012

 27.0

20.4

36.8

24.7

61.9

45.0

Source: Scottish Recreation Survey, carried out by TNS, for Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland.

Notes:

1.  "All visits" are visits that include woodland; it may not have been the main destination. Some visits include both FC woodland and other woodland, so "all visits" for total woodland are less than the sum of the two categories.

2.  All results are subject to the effects of chance in sampling, so a range of uncertainty (confidence interval) should be associated with any result from the survey. The confidence intervals take into account the effect of clustering, weighting and stratification in the survey design. For example, the range of uncertainty around the 62 million visits in 2008 should be no more than +/-14%, i.e. the true figure is likely to be between around 55 and 69 million.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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