Published: 10th Sep 2018

New national statistics published today by Natural England show that more people than ever before are visiting and spending time in the natural environment. According to their annual ‘Monitoring of Engagement with the Natural Environment’ (MENE) report, the proportion of adults visiting nature at least once a week has increased from 54% in 2010 to 62% in 2018. Their survey asked 46,000 people how they engage with the natural environment, and it found that the trend could be seen across population groups, including groups where levels of participation have historically been lower. It also found the proportion of people living in England’s most deprived areas visiting the natural environment at least once a week has increased from 38% in 2009/10 to 51% in 2017/18. Principal specialist for people and the environment at Natural England, Rose O’Neill, said:  ‘Over the last nine years there has been a real change in how people think … (To read the full article, subscribe below)