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Household surveys in England
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. Further information on the survey, including copies of annual reports and online data viewers to access more detailed results, is available at www.gov.uk/government/collections/monitor-of-engagement-with-the-natural-environment-survey-purpose-and-results
Table 6.2 shows the main characteristics of visits to woodlands over the most recent 5 years. In 2015-16, around two thirds of visits to woodland involved walking with a dog and around one quarter involved other walking. Walking was the main mode of transport for around three fifths of visits to woodland. Around three fifths of visits to woodland were within 2 miles.
Table 6.2 Woodland visit characteristics1- England 2011-12 to 2015-16
|Activities on trip (multi response)|
|Walking with a dog||70||69||70||68||66|
|Playing with children||5||4||5||6||6|
|Visiting an attraction||2||2||2||2||2|
|Off road cycling or mountain biking||2||3||3||2||1|
|Main mode of transport|
|Distance travelled (one way)|
|Less than 1 mile||30||31||36||39||32|
|1 to 2 miles||32||29||27||25||31|
|3 to 5 miles||22||23||22||19||20|
|6 to 10 miles||7||8||7||9||8|
|Over 10 miles||9||9||8||9||10|
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.
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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