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Forestry Statistics 2014 - Recreation

Visits to woodland - household surveys

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Public Opinion of Forestry survey - woodland visitors

The Public Opinion of Forestry Survey is carried out every two years and obtains people's attitudes to forestry and forestry-related issues, including visits to woodland. Copies of reports and detailed data tables are available at www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-5zyl9w

The results shown in Tables 6.5 and 6.6 and Figure 6.1 have been taken from the UK and country reports on the latest surveys in 2013 and 2014, and from surveys in earlier years. The reports also include other recreation-related results, such as whether the woodlands visited were in towns or the countryside and any reasons given by survey respondents for not visiting woodlands.

In the UK 2013 survey, around two thirds (66%) of respondents said that they had visited woodland in the last few years for walks, picnics or other recreation (Table 6.5).

Table 6.5 Woodland visitors1

Year

England

  Wales

Scotland

Northern
Ireland

        UK

per cent of respondents

2003

66

62

64

77

67

2005

65 69 50 67 65

2007

76 79 75 62 77

2009

77 .. 57 .. 77

2010

.. .. .. 72 ..

2011 

68 68 75 .. 67

2013

65 64 76 .. 66

2014

.. .. .. 75 ..

Source: UK/GB, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Public Opinion of Forestry Surveys

Base: UK/GB = 4,000 respondents (2003, 2005, 2007), 2,000 respondents (2009, 2011, 2013); Scotland and Wales = 1,000 respondents each; Northern Ireland = 120 respondents (2003), 1,000 respondents (2005, 2007, 2010, 2014).

Notes:

1. Those stating that they had visited woodland in the last few years.

.. Denotes data not available (survey not run that year or question not asked)

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

Survey respondents were asked how frequently they had visited during the previous summer and winter. Figure 6.1, which presents aggregated UK results for the 2009 to 2013 surveys, shows that respondents visited much more often during the summer, with around one half of respondents (47%) visiting at least once a month in the summer compared to around one quarter (27%) in the winter.

Figure 6.1 Frequency of visits to woodlands

Figure 6.1 Frequency of visits to woodlands

Source:  UK Public Opinion of Forestry Surveys, 2009 to 2013.

Base:  Average visit frequencies from last three UK surveys:  2,000 respondents per survey.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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