Ramblers campaigners hand in 18,000-strong National Trails petition

National Trails petition hand in

Ramblers campaigners joined Ramblers Chief Executive Benedict Southworth on a walk along the Thames Path to the Natural England office

Over 30 Ramblers campaigners joined with Ramblers Chief Executive Benedict Southworth to hand in an 18,000 signature petition for National Trails today.

The petition calls on the Chair of Natural England (the Government body responsible for National Trails) to rethink their plans for National Trails which Ramblers fear could lead to a drastic fall in the quality of the paths.

“Since Natural England announced their plans for National Trails last year, our main worry has been that the trails will be left without a national champion" said Benedict Southworth ahead of the hand in.

“Without a central co-ordinator, we fear there’s a real possibility of the trails falling into disrepair" added Benedict. "I hope our petition hand in today will remind the Government how deeply our supporters care for the future of National Trails.”

“It’s been great to join other Ramblers campaigners to hand in our petition" said Ramblers campaigner Mary Ward. "National Trails offer access to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. They’re hugely important to our rural economies too.”

Find out more about our campaign for National Trails and add your name to the petition.