Help improve public paths and open spaces in Dorset for walking, horse riding and cycling


The Dorset Local Access Forum is looking for people who want to improve Dorset’s trails and open spaces for locals and visitors.

two people walking in the countrysideThe Dorset Local Access Forum (DLAF) examines all matters relating to public rights of way and public green spaces in the county. They find solutions to issues such as the loss of the coastal path due to erosion, the need for safe, vehicle-free routes for walking, biking and horseback riding, sensitive maintenance and improvement work. the character and landscape of the trails and how to help people walk and climb and not use vehicles for local travel.

The forum is looking for people to be part of this team. Anyone can apply to join the DLAF – all you need is commitment, enthusiasm and user experience; help provide or broader issues that could benefit from better access to the campaign. It could be:

  • Someone who enjoys walking, horseback riding, biking, driving responsibly, or other outdoor activities, or who uses county rights of way to sustainably move around their area
  • An owner, occupier and / or manager of land – especially with open access or public rights of way
  • Someone involved in issues such as health, environment, planning, tourism, economy where improving trails and green spaces could bring additional public benefits.

The forum is an independent statutory body that provides advice to a variety of organizations, including the Councils, AONBs, English Heritage, Forestry Commission, Defra and Natural England, as well as to any member of the public who requests it.

Councilor Noc Lacey-Clarke, Senior Cabinet Member for Environment, Travel and Ports at Dorset Council, said

“The Dorset Local Access Forum is an opportunity to bring together a diverse mix of people of all ages and backgrounds to provide fresh, creative and thought-provoking ideas and advice on how to improve and develop trails and sites. access to the countryside in Dorset. Its members shape the Forum and its work.

“This past year has highlighted the very important role that Dorset’s public rights of way and green spaces play in people’s lives, health and fresh air. Sometimes it also presented new challenges and opportunities to learn. The forum exists to help make Dorset more accessible and enjoyable for everyone, now and in the future.

Apply to join the DLAF The deadline to apply is November 7, 2021

Learn more about DLAF

For more information on the role and work of DLAF, contact Tara Hansford, Strategic Coordinator of External Access Development [email protected] Tel. : 01305 221779

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