Forestry Commission Scotland has published figures on visits to Scotland’s National Forest Estate. As well as the full national report, a factsheet has been produced for the CSGN area.

The results of this research demonstrate that these forests are well-used by local people of all ages.

In particular they are regularly being used for walking (77% of visits) and cycling (8% of visits). Studies show that these types of exercise are of crucial importance to us in terms of improving our physical and mental well-being.

Having easy access to a forest is considered to be an important determining factor in whether people visit these places. Two-thirds (66%) of all trips are within 6 miles of people’s homes.

The factsheet can be downloaded here.

All Forests Survey 2 – CSGN Factsheet published by the Forestry Commission Scotland, 14 July 2014.