We use some essential cookies to make this website work.
We’d like to set additional cookies to understand how you use forestresearch.gov.uk, remember your settings and improve our services.
Preparing to search
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
Cookies are files saved on your phone, tablet or computer when you visit a website.
We use 3 types of cookie. You can choose which cookies you're happy for us to use.
These essential cookies do things like remember your progress through a form. They always need to be on.
We use Google Analytics to measure how you use the website so we can improve it based on user needs. Google Analytics sets cookies that store anonymised information about: how you got to the site the pages you visit on forestresearch.gov.uk and how long you spend on each page what you click on while you're visiting the site
Some forestresearch.gov.uk pages may contain content from other sites, like YouTube or Flickr, which may set their own cookies. These sites are sometimes called ‘third party’ services. This tells us how many people are seeing the content and whether it’s useful.