Visits to the natural environment
Last updated 4 March 2021 - see all updates
- 1. Navigate toMain facts and figures section
- 2. Navigate toThings you need to know section
- 3. Navigate toBy ethnicity (last 7 days) section
- 4. Navigate toBy ethnicity and socio-economic group (last 7 days) section
- 5. Navigate toBy ethnicity and type of location (last 7 days) section
- 6. Navigate toBy ethnicity (last 12 months) section
- 7. Navigate toData sources section
- 8. Navigate toDownload the data section
1. Main facts and figures
41.9% of people in England surveyed in 2015/16 said they had been to a green open space, or to the countryside or coast, in the previous 7 days
out of all ethnic groups, White people were the most likely to have visited the natural environment, and Asian people were least likely
over the previous 12 months, just under 60% of White people said they had visited the natural environment at least once a week, compared to about 40% of people from all other ethnic groups combined
2. Things you need to know
What the data measures
The data shows how often people aged 16 and over visit green spaces (including parks and the countryside) and the coast.
The data counts any time spent in nature wherever it happened, including abroad. Time people spent in their own garden is not included.
People were asked:
- whether they had spent time in nature in the last 7 days
- how often they had visited the natural environment in the last 12 months
Percentages are rounded to 1 decimal place.
The ethnic groups used in the data
Data is shown for 6 ethnic groups:
This means estimates are shown for these groups as a whole. This is because the number of people surveyed was too small to make any reliable conclusions about any of the 16 ethnic groups.
In some places data is shown for 2 ethnic groups:
- White – White ethnic groups (including White British and White ethnic minorities)
- Other – all other ethnic minorities
This is to make sure there are enough people surveyed to be able to make reliable generalisations.
Read the detailed methodology document (PDF opens in a new window or tab) for the data on this page.
The data is an average for the 2 years when the survey was last carried out – 2009 and 2016. This is to make sure there are enough people to be able to make reliable generalisations. You can read more about combining multiple years of data and some of the issues involved.
The figures on this page are based on survey data. Find out more about:
3. By ethnicity (last 7 days)
Summary of Visits to the natural environment By ethnicity (last 7 days) Summary
4. By ethnicity and socio-economic group (last 7 days)
|Ethnicity||Higher and intermediate managerial||Supervisory and junior managerial||Skilled manual workers||Semi and unskilled manual workers|
Summary of Visits to the natural environment By ethnicity and socio-economic group (last 7 days) Summary
5. By ethnicity and type of location (last 7 days)
Summary of Visits to the natural environment By ethnicity and type of location (last 7 days) Summary
6. By ethnicity (last 12 months)
|Ethnicity||At least once a week||Less often||Never|
|All||55.8||not collected||not collected|
Summary of Visits to the natural environment By ethnicity (last 12 months) Summary
7. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Purpose of data source
The Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) survey provides trend data for how people use the natural environment in England. The data enables researchers and policymakers to:
- understand how people use, enjoy and are motivated to protect the natural environment
- monitor changes in use of the natural environment over time
- help link on-the-ground initiatives more closely to people's needs
- measure the impact of, and inform the development of, policy relating to the natural environment
8. Download the data
This file contains the following: ethnicity, NS-SEC (socio-economic group), value, denominator