Could you help to improve access to the countryside?
Countryside enthusiasts are being urged to come forward to help improve recreational opportunities for people to enjoy the great outdoors.
Devon County Council wants to hear from residents of the county with a keen interest in the countryside to join the Devon Countryside Access Forum (DCAF).
The Forum, now about to enter its 10th year of operation, is supported by Devon County Council and is an independent and statutory advisory body.
It currently has 15 volunteer members who meet several times a year to consider policy issues aimed at making the countryside more accessible and enjoyable.
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In the last year the Forum has advised the Independent Panel on Forestry on the importance of forests for walking, cycling and horse-riding; talked to district councils about Dog Control Orders and given an input to Devon County Council on its forthcoming draft Cycling Strategy.
The DCAF says in its plea for new members: "If you are enthusiastic about recreational access to the countryside of urban green space, or have a professional involvement we would like to hear from you. Equally you may be a landowner or land manager who is affected by recreational access on your land and your input is also vital to our debates."
The next meeting of the Devon Countryside Access Forum is being held at Larkbeare House, Exeter, on Tuesday, January 22, at 10am. James Pascoe, SW Outdoor Consultant with the National Trust, will be giving a presentation on the Trust and access.
Dr Justin Robbins, Chairman of the DCAF, said: "If you would enjoy sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for Devon's countryside with a group of open-minded but diverse people then you'd enjoy volunteering for our Forum.
"You will gain an insight into the many, sometimes complex issues that are relevant to access and Rights of Way."
The closing date for applications is next month on Monday February 18. Applications are particularly welcome from those with disabilities and young people.
Further information about the Forum is available at www.devon.gov.uk/devon_countryside_access_forum or telephone the Forum Secretary on 07837 171000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org