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1114: State of the countryside - leisure and recreation

This paper is summarised from Chapter4, ‘Land and the environment’, of the Commission for Rural Communities’ ‘State of the countryside’ report

Year of Publication2010

Even if all existing woods were opened up to the public, more than half of the population would not have access to a wood of at least 2 hectares within 500m of residence (Woodland Access Standard). Although the participation in outdoor recreation seems to have fallen, surveys show that the population as a whole values the countryside and the natural environment highly. Recently the number of people undertaking conservation volunteering has increased markedly. There has been an 18% increase in the number of domestic trips in England compared to 2008.

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