Shropshire Council

Shropshire’s Great Outdoors Annual Public Survey 2023

  • Period: 29 May 2023 - 06 August 2023
  • Status: Closed
  • Audiences: Everyone
  • Topics: Leisure and culture
  • Type: Public

About this survey

The Annual Outdoor Recreation User Survey gathers information about how people access the great outdoors in Shropshire. The survey is led by the Shropshire Outdoor Partnerships Service, the part of Shropshire Council that maintains and develops recreational access, conserves and enhances the natural environment and encourages people to improve their wellbeing by being active outdoors. The service maintains and protects public rights of way, country parks, countryside and heritage sites, greenspaces and play areas, and supports the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership.

The survey includes questions about the outdoor facilities and activities you make use of, how you obtain information, any access barriers you may face and how satisfied you are with the services provided. Undertaking the survey each year allows us to understand how things are changing and where future actions should be prioritised.

The survey also provides information to support the delivery of Shropshire’s Great Outdoors Strategy 2018-28. The strategy sets out how Shropshire Council and our partners aim to conserve and enhance the natural environment, improve people’s health and wellbeing and support the local tourism economy. It sets out the strategic direction for the management and development of publicly accessible greenspace, rights of way and other outdoor access. The strategy fulfils the statutory requirement of a rights of way improvement plan but broadens the remit to deliver across multiple policy areas and to integrate activity across local authority services and partner organisations. It provides a way of inspiring collective action to improve health, prosperity and happiness by cherishing Shropshire’s great outdoors.

Please take the time to complete the questionnaire, which you can access by clicking on the "How to get involved tab" at the top of the page.

We'd like to hear from you even if you don't use rights of way, parks, play areas or countryside sites, so we can understand what the barriers to participation are.

If you have any comments about the engagement work undertaken by Outdoor Partnerships, please email:

To take our short online survey and help us to develop and improve the service and prioritise future activities, just click on the green button.

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Data protection

Information collected in our surveys will only be used by us (Shropshire Council) to inform the immediate and future provision of our services. The information you provide will be kept confidential in accordance with our Privacy Policy. It will not be shared outside of Shropshire Council. Information collected via our online surveys (hosted on the Surveymonkey website) will be stored on SurveyMonkey’s servers in the United States of America and SurveyMonkey gives an undertaking never to disclose the survey questions or your responses to others without permission.