We joined other outdoor organisations in Westminster to launch a new report which shows the popularity of outdoor activities and the benefits it brings for the UK economy.
Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Reconomics report brings together research and evidence relating on the impact of outdoor recreation and provides a compelling case to politicians of the true value of outdoor recreation.
The report reveals that outdoor recreation is the UK’s favourite pastime, with three in four adults in England regularly getting active outdoors, spending £21 billion last year.
The research also showed that there are 23 million regular walkers in the UK, making walking more popular than all other hobbies put together.
At the launch, sponsored by Macclesfield MP David Rutley, we joined outdoor organisations including the YHA, Campaign for National Parks, British Mountaineering Council and Living Streets to raise awareness of the importance of outdoor spaces amongst parliamentarians, and promote the jobs and income that outdoors recreation brings to rural areas.
We used the event to discuss our manifesto for a walking Britain with MPs. Chief executive Benedict Southworth said: “The Reconomics report shows that outdoor recreation is not only good for our health and happiness, but essential to the economy too.”
He added, “Political parties need to recognise this and invest in outdoor recreation. Whether it is building the England Coast path, supporting our national trails or opening up public woods, there are many ways they can support the outdoors economy, help rural businesses and build a healthier, happier Britain.”
We’re taking MPs and parliamentary candidates out on walks across the summer. We’ll be showing them our manifesto and the Reconomics report to discuss ways that we can build a walking Britain.