The countryside’s ethnic deficit

Beth Collier…grew up in the countryside and she believes that racism is still a big part of why people of colour are less present in nature today.

The statistics show certain groups especially disconnected. Most visits are made by the same (better off, less diverse) people repeatedly, and those who miss out are the older, the young — especially adolescents — and those from lower socio-economic groups and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Frequency of visits to the outdoors by key demographics (ethnicity)
Type of place visited, by ethnicity

The countryside is seen by both black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and white people as very much a ‘white’ environment.

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