The Conservative Party

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The Conservative Party set out the following policies in their 2015 general election manifesto:

Policies affecting walking and access to nature: plans on forests, green spaces and planning. 

  • Make it easier to access our beautiful landscapes, by providing free maps of all open-access green space
  • Ensure that our public forests and woodland are kept in trust for the nation and plant another 11 million trees.
  • Launch a programme of ‘pocket parks’, protect the Green Belt, and maintain national protections for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and other environmental designations
  • The Natural Capital Committee will be extended to at least the end of the next Parliament.

Public health policies affecting walking: increasing physical activity to improve physical health as well as mental health.

  • Invest in participation and physical activity, recognising sport’s benefits to health and to preventing diabetes
  • Invest more in primary care, to help prevent health problems before they start
  • Increase funding for mental health care
  • Continue to integrate the health and social care systems.

Policies affecting walking and transport: plans for walking, cycling and HS2.

  • Create more cycle routes and increase number of journeys taken by bicycle. .
  • Reduce number of cyclists and other road users killed.
  • Continue with HS2: the party commits to replace biodiversity which is lost during the construction of HS2.

You can access the full Conservative Party manifesto here: