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05/02/2015

The fifth annual report from the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) survey revealed that the proportion of people in England who say that they made at least one visit to the great outdoors ‘in the previous week’ for health and exercise has increased significantly from 34% in 2009/2010, to 45% in 2013/2014. Since Natural England, Defra and the Forestry Commission commissioned the first MENE annual survey in 2009, the proportion of people taking at least one visit to the outdoors in the previous week for health and exercise reasons has increased significantly from 34% in 2009/10 to 45% in 2013/14. The report estimates that the 42.3 million adults resident in England took a total of 2.93 billion visits to the natural environment and that visiting the natural environment for health or exercise accounted for an estimated 1.3 billion visits to the natural environment. More