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Carrying out Physical Activity as Part of the Active Forests Programme in England: What Encourages, Supports and Sustains Activity? – A Qualitative Study

Sustaining and changing sport and physical activity behaviours in the forest: An evaluated pilot intervention on five public forest sites in England

Two-page qualitative case studies

Phase 2 case studies

Buggyfit Focus Group: Whinlatter Forest

Pilates Focus Group: Delamere Forest

Nordic Fitness Walking Focus Group: Haldon Forest

‘Table Tennis’ Observations and Interviews: Thetford Forest

Holt HIIT Bootcamp: Alice Holt

Dalby Forest Canicross Event

Diabetes Prevention Group: Thames Chase Forest

Parkrun focus group : Whinlatter, Delamere and Bedgebury Forests

Parkrun focus group: Bedgebury Forest

Staff: Forestry 100 Challenge Group 

2 Year Follow-on Interviews

Transition phase case studies

Ecstatic dance focus group: Wendover Woods

Yoga in the Forest focus group: Sherwood Pines

Forest bathing focus group: Salcey Forest

Forest bathing Activity Leader interview : Salcey Forest 

Forest Runner: Forest of Dean 

Breeze into the Forest 

Pilot phase case studies

Delamere Nordic Walkers Case study

Bedgebury Real Spin case study

Sherwood Pines parkrun case study

Walton Chasers Orienteering Club: Cannock Chase

GO TRI’ Duathlon: Dalby Forest

Social prescribing pilot case studies

Seated exercise focus group: Chopwell Wood

Crisis charity focus group : Chopwell Wood

Referral Agents focus group: Chopwell Wood

Volunteers focus group: Chopwell Wood

Walking group: Chopwell Wood

Walking group: Thames Chase

Feel Good in the Forest: Social prescribing pilot project evaluation

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Active Forests Programme Evaluation: Phase 2

The Active Forests Programme aims to create a physical activity habit for life for visitors to the nation’s forests in England. The programme provides engaging, inspirational and motivating physical activity opportunities for new and existing forest visitors. It is a partnership between Forestry England and Sport England and was evaluated by Forest Research.

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Active Forests Programme Evaluation: Pilot Phase

The research is an evaluation of the Active Forest Programme run by Forestry Commission England and funded by Sport England.

Status completed