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Public Opinion of Forestry surveys - woodland visitors by age group

In the UK 2017 Public Opinion of Forestry survey, around two thirds (68%) of respondents aged 35 to 54 said that they had visited woodland in the last few years for walks, picnics or other recreation (Table 6.6). This compares with around three fifths of respondents aged 16 to 34 (60%) and aged 55 or over (55%).

Table 6.6 Woodland visitors1 by age group

Year

Aged 16 to 34

Aged 35 to 54

Aged 55 and over

          Total

per cent of respondents

1999

73

74

55

67

2001

75

77

63

72

2003

71

72

60

67

2005

66

74

56

65

2007

79

82

69

77

2009

78 84 69 77

2011 

65 74 63 67

2013

62 75 60 66

2015

54 62 53 56

2017

60 68 55 61

Source: UK and GB Public Opinion of Forestry Surveys, 1999 to 2017.

Base: 2,000 respondents (1999, 2001, 2009 to 2017); 4,000 respondents (2003 to 2007).

Notes:

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

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

Links to Forestry Statistics 2017