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Forestry Statistics 2013 - 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 now expected to run for 6 years. Further information on the survey, including copies of annual reports and online data viewers to access more detailed results, is available from the Natural England website at www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/research/mene.aspx

Table 6.2 shows the main characteristics of visits to woodlands. Around two thirds of visits to woodland involved walking with a dog and around one fifth involved other walking. Walking was the main mode of transport for around two thirds of visits to woodland. Around three fifths of visits to woodland were within 2 miles.

Table 6.2 Woodland visit characteristics1 - England 2009-10 to 2012-13

 

2009-10

2010-11 

 2011-12

2012-13 

per cent

Activities on trip (multi response)

       

     Walking with a dog

66 68 70 67

     Other walking

21 21 21  21

     Wildlife watching

6 5 5  5

     Playing with children

6 5 5  4

     Eat/ drink out

4 4 4  3

     Visiting an attraction

3 3 2  2

     Off road cycling or mountain biking

2 2 2  2

     Road cycling

2 2 2  2

Main mode of transport

       

     On foot

61 62 65  65

     Car/ van

35

 34

 32

 31

     Bicycle

2 2 2  3

Distance travelled (one way)

       

     Less than 1 mile

38 36 30  31

     1 to 2 miles

25 27 32  29

     3 to 5 miles

19 19 22  23

     6 to 10 miles

7 8 7  8

     Over 10 miles

11 10 9  9

Duration of visit (round trip)

       

     Up to 1 hour

26 23 28  ..

     1 - less than 2 hours

42 44 41  ..

     2 - less than 3 hours

15 16 15  ..

     3 hours or more

17 17 16  ..

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

Notes:

1. All trips that included a visit to woodland. 

..  Denotes data not available.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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