Ramblers Scotland and ScotWays are jointly organising a National Access Workshop, in Perth on 28 September.
The new event is designed to support people who represent recreational users on Local Access Forums (LAFs). It'll be a chance to:
- Share experiences and build networks across LAFs
- Identify key areas where recreation bodies can support their members on LAFs
- Help LAF members learn how access rights work in practice
- Update members on the latest access developments
This event is jointly hosted by the British Horse Society Scotland, Cycling UK, Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, Mountaineering Scotland, Ramblers Scotland, Scottish Canoe Association and ScotWays.
People who are members of these organisations and have an interest in access, but who don’t currently sit on a Local Access Forum are also very welcome to attend.
The event is free, including lunch and refreshments. Each organisation may pay travelling expenses for their members.
Register and find the draft programme
Scotland has world class rights of access established in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and the accompanying Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
These rights are implemented and enforced at a local level, with LAFs given a key role as statutory bodies to advise the access authority on matters relating to access in their area.
Sadly some LAFs are struggling to operate effectively, often due to lack of support or resources.
In time, this can lead to obstructions not being removed and investment in paths and other infrastructure being cut.
As a result, communities and individuals are unable to fully enjoy the outdoors and gain all the benefits to health and wellbeing that brings.