The Agriculture Bill will shape the countryside for generations to come. The decisions made in the coming weeks will have far reaching consequences for our ability to access the outdoors.
As the Bill approaches Report Stage in the House of Commons, we are asking MPs to support two amendments to the Bill that will:
Why the bill matters for walking
Agriculture accounts for 70 per cent of land use in the UK. This land contains a significant proportion of the nation’s paths, and farmers already have legal duties to keep paths on their land clear. The Agriculture Bill will introduce new rules to replace the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) ahead of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This will set the agenda for how the countryside is managed long into the future.
Our ambition is for the Agriculture Bill to enable people to access and enjoy the countryside via our fantastic path network for generations to come. Our path network helps people learn more about the important work undertaken by farmers, benefits tourism and local businesses, and has a positive impact on our health and wellbeing.
What we need from the bill
The Agriculture Bill, as published, is a welcome step in the right direction in achieving our ambition. The Bill includes provisions which enable financial assistance to be given to farmers and landowners to support public access. However, to really make a difference the Bill needs to include measures that:
Please support us
The Agriculture Bill will soon return to the House of Commons for Report Stage. At this critical stage in the Bill’s progress through Parliament we need your support for Amendments 11 and 28 so that public access to the countryside is protected and enhanced for generations to come.
For further information or to discuss in greater detail, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 3961 3300.
You can also show your support on social media by sharing what the path network means to your constituents @RamblersGB #YourPathAwaits.
Thank you for your support.
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