Natural England - Evidence work area: reconnecting people engagement and access

Evidence work area: reconnecting people engagement and access

Natural England aims to reconnect people to their natural environments: enabling more people to enjoy, understand and take action for it. Our evidence programme focuses on improving our understanding of people’s attitudes and behaviours towards the natural world; how people use the natural world; and  the social and economic benefits that directly and indirectly accrue to individuals and communities from a healthy natural environment, for example people’s health and wellbeing and childhood learning.

For other information on our work reconnecting people see Enjoying the natural environment .


Monitoring Engagement with the Natural Environment

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Natural England evidence projects

The evidence projects related to this work area can be seen below. See also projects related to our National Nature Reserves. For a list of the evidence generated by our evidence programme since 2009 see Evidence generated to support our work related to people and access to the natural environment.

Access and engagement


RP0802Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment 2 (MENE 2)Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) is a sample survey of the adult population which provides data on visits to the natural environment at regional and national level. It is being undertaken as part of a weekly in-home omnibus survey. It provides information to support a range of Natural England projects and programmes. The first 4 years of fieldwork have been completed and a 5th year [2013/14] is now underway. MENE has been commissioned by Natural England, in conjunction with Defra and the Forestry Commission.

Natural England's financial contribution to this project is currently estimated to be: £406,768.74
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Access and engagement


RP0258Evaluation of the Access To Nature Grants ProgrammeThe Access to Nature Grants Programme is part of Big Lottery's Changing Spaces Programme. This is a formative programme evaluation reporting initially to the Project Steering Group, with a final report to be published in 2013. Every project will do its own self-evaluation, and 20 projects will be selected for detailed case study. Alison Hill