LlyG member blog – Current Welsh Government Outdoor Access Consultation – how might this relate to woodlands?

Posted on August 8, 2015 by

Jenny Wong, member of community woodland Coetir Mynydd, and the Woodland Strategy Advisory Panel (WSAP), gives a short update on why community woodlands should be responding to Welsh Government’s current outdoor access consultation –

A consultation on public access to the outdoors has just opened.

You can view the details on the consultation here.

Woodlands don’t get many mentions in this but much of this is relevant – it contains questions about dogs (always controversial!), and mapping of CROW to include woodlands, designation of cycle tracks etc.

Most importantly – so community woodlands can try and lever funding for permissive footpaths from Glastir (Welsh Governments sustainable land management scheme) – groups need to make the case that access to woodland is a public good wherever it can be provided and woodlands are as much a destination as beaches and hills.

For those of you working with young people – there is a special consultation form for young people – this is a great idea – lets support it! See details here.

The Woodland Trust has just produced some food for thought on woodland access here.

Of course the best quality access is when the community is given the opportunity to become intimately involved in the woodland!

Consultation closes on the 2nd October. For more details visit the Welsh Goverment website here.

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