Brett Day (LEEP, UoE), 18 Jan. 2017:

The Recreational Value of the English Outdoors

This paper reports on the development of  a recreation demand model for outdoor greenspace in England.  The research is remarkable particularly with regards to the scope of the undertaking, attempting to model recreation behaviour for an entire nation and across all types of greenspace.  We report on the development of a detailed spatial dataset describing the location and characteristics of accessible greenspace across England and explain how the estimation dataset was derived by coupling this greenspace map with data from a very large survey of recreation activity amongst English residents.  Moreover we describe the estimation of the recreation demand model in the form  of a cross-nested logit model and demonstrate a prototype online tool developed from the model intended to aid government, businesses and communities in better understanding the benefits that are derived from accessible greenspace in England.