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The National Survey for Wales began in March 2016 and replaced a number of separate surveys of households in Wales, including the Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey (WORS). The survey is completed by around 12,000 people each year and covers a wide range of topics. Further information on the survey, including copies of reports and data, is available at https://gov.wales/national-survey-wales.
Table 6.3 shows the reasons provided for their visit to the outdoors by respondents who stated that the main destination of visit was woodland. “Health and exercise” and “fresh air or to enjoy pleasant weather” were important reasons for visits to woodlands in Wales.
|Woodland visit characteristics||2016-17||2017-18|
|per cent of respondents|
|For health or exercise||47||55|
|For fresh air or to enjoy pleasant weather||50||47|
|For pleasure / enjoyment||42||42|
|To spend time with family||39||41|
|To relax and unwind||34||41|
|To enjoy scenery and wildlife||38||39|
|To exercise the dog||38||30|
|For peace and quiet||22||29|
|To spend time with friends||16||22|
Source: National Survey for Wales (Welsh Government).
1. Visits where the main destination was woodland.
2. Respondents were able to select more than one option, so results do not sum to 100%.
3. Excludes other reasons for visiting, each reported by fewer than 20% of respondents in 2017-18.
These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics. For further information see the Source chapter.
Sources chapter: Social
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