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Forestry Statistics 2013 - Recreation

Visits to woodland - household surveys

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Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and Forestry Commission Wales (FCW) [both part of Natural Resources Wales from 1 April 2013] commissioned a Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey (WORS) in 2008 and 2011. The survey provides data on Welsh residents' participation in informal outdoor activities and visits to the outdoors, including woodland. Further information on the survey, including copies of reports and data tables, is available at www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-8WAKt3

Table 6.5 shows the main charateristics of recreation visits where the main destination of visit was woodland, from the Welsh Outdoor Recreation Surveys for 2008 and 2011. Walking was reported as the main activity in around two thirds of visits to woodland. Car or van was the main mode of transport for around three fifths of visits to woodland. Around one half of visits to woodland were within 1 mile and around two fifths were for less than two hours. Respondents were accompanied by a dog in around one half of visits to woodland in 2011.

Table 6.5  Woodland visit characteristics1- Wales, 2008, 2011

 

Woodland visit characteristics

2008 

2011 

 per cent 

Main activity during visit

 

 

     Walking

68

68

     Off road cycling, mountain biking

8

 7

     Horse riding

4

 4

     Running

 4

 7

     Sightseeing or visiting an attraction

4

 3

Main transport

 

 

     Car/ van

47

 57

     On foot

43

 37

     Bicycle/ mountain bike

7

 1

Distance travelled (one way)

 

 

     0 distance, up to 1 mile

44

 48

     Over 1 mile, up to 5 miles

26

 30

     Over 5 miles, up to 20 miles

18

 14

     Over 20 miles

12

 8

Duration of visit (round trip)

 

 

     Up to 1 hour

10

 8

     Over 1 hour, up to 2 hours

29

 34

     Over 2 hours, up to 3 hours

25

 21

     3 hours or more

36

 37

Accompanied by a dog

60

 53

Source: Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2008, carried out by Ipsos-MORI, and Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2011, carried out by TNS, for Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and Forestry Commission Wales.

Notes:

1.  Visits where the main destination was woodland. 

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

Links to Forestry Statistics 2013