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03/07/2017

The seventh year of results from Natural England’s Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) survey has been published. The headline figures show:
• Between 2009/10 and 2015/16 there was a significant increase in the proportion of the population who claimed to visit the natural environment once a week or more rising from 54 per cent in year one to 58 per cent in year seven
• An estimated of 42 per cent of the population had visited the outdoors in the last seven days over the 2015/16 survey period
• The most visited destination continued to be within towns/ cities (46%), with parks in towns and cities continuing to be the most visited specific destination type
• The proportion of those who indicated that they never visit the natural environment has been relatively stable over the past seven years
More  Fieldwork is underway for a repeat of the 2011 Scottish Greenspace Use and Attitudes Survey, with results due in the autumn.