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Survey shows value of local open space

Posted 4 July 2012
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Survey shows value of local open space
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The number of visits by Britons to open spaces has soared in the last year, according to a new study.

A Natural England survey supported by the Forestry Commission and Defra has revealed that over the past year there has been a 20 per cent rise in the number of occasions when people have walked on footpaths or ridden on cycleways, while visits to urban parks have also risen.

Overall, 86 per cent of people said spending time outdoors was important in their life, with 93 per cent agreeing that having green spaces locally is crucial and the average person making 65 trips to open spaces, the countryside or coast per year.

It also indicated that those who like to get out into green spaces tended to go walking or riding in local places, with 68 per cent of visits being made to locations within two miles of home.

People living in the Weymouth area will have no shortage of local spaces to enjoy, with the first stretch of the English Coastal Path opening in Weymouth Bay.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801400864-ADNFCR