July saw the highest number of adults enjoying natural environments in England since the pandemic began, following sustained month-on-month increases from April to June.
Natural England's People and Nature survey found:
‘These new official statistics show just how crucial it is to invest in a green recovery.’Marian Spain, Chief Executive of Natural England
The survey also revealed that one in three adults hardly visit a green space at all, highlighting inequalities of access caused by socio-economic deprivation.
Marian Spain, Chief Executive of Natural England, said: ‘This wealth of evidence leaves no doubt about the importance of connecting with nature for our physical health and our mental wellbeing.
‘It’s vital that the whole of our society has access to these benefits. If we don’t tackle this, we cannot claim to have an equitable green recovery.
‘These new official statistics show just how crucial it is to invest in a green recovery.’