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Outdoor Learning in the South & Channel Islands

The Southern Region includes the beautiful coast, lakes, rivers, downs, open countryside, city centres and two National parks spread across the counties of Hampshire, West and East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire along with the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands. We have a great array of environments used by our members, from rural open spaces, dramatic coastlines, to open country and city centre provision. The region has a strong outdoor learning community with many centres and freelancers operating in the very diverse and active region.

The voluntary committee represents IOL in your region, get in touch with us. We wish to represent your views.

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Outdoor Recreation (Northern Ireland): People, Nature and Health

Outdoor Recreation (Northern Ireland): People, Nature and Health

Report published March 2021

Northern Ireland Research objective

Although the benefits of outdoor recreation are widely evidenced, until now there was no systematic population-wide research on how people in Northern Ireland engage with the natural environment, the benefits they gain from it, and the barriers they face trying to access it, and; how this aligns with current and future policy development and implementation. The data collected as part of this research will help to address this information gap.


Key findings

Over 2 in 3 residents of Northern Ireland visit the outdoors for leisure every week but levels of participation are lower amongst some population groups and have changed during the pandemic. More needs to be done to increase participation and access to the outdoors for these demographic groups, so that everyone can reap the benefits.

There are clear benefits from taking part in outdoor visits. If the barriers to participation and access to the outdoors can be tackled, then there are many benefits for the whole of society.


Some of the stats

70% took outdoor visits at least once a week during 2020. This may sound good...

But 37% took no visitsduring November and December

Access to trails and greenspace is a problem. 29% do not have greenspace within easy walking distance of their home


Download the full Norterhen Ireland report (7mb)

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Contact IOL South & Channel Islands

Chair  -  Bryn Beach - Email Bryn

Secretary - Martin Robinson

Committee: Sam Kendall, Mike King, Gary Palmer, Chris Rinaldi, Denea Wright


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