Raise your helping hand
There are some pressing matters in Rights of Way and on the water that need your personal input to ensure access is protected, promoted and extended for all.
How You Can Help
Finding out how things affect you is the first place to start. Knowing the background to issues and then being able to make an informed judgement is the best way to approach these matters.
Signing petitions mean that these matters will be raised to government level. A petition with 10,000 signatures will be responded to by government and a petition with 100,000 signatures will be considered for debate in parliament.
Write to your MP
MPs are responsible for government decisions and policies, including how much funding local authorities receive. They need to know that access matters are important to their voters. You can find your MP here.
The Right to roam
Twenty years ago this the Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act became law. It introduced for the first time a Right to Roam in England, giving people access to some of our most beautiful landscapes. It has been both highly successful and incredibly popular, yet it covers only a fraction of our countryside.
The Right to Roam should be extended to cover woodlands, rivers and Green Belt land, because these landscapes would give millions more people ready access to nature on their doorsteps.
Nature everywhere, for everyone
The pandemic proved how important spending time in nature is to people’s health and wellbeing. But it also highlighted the inequalities in access to thriving natural spaces.
One in three people in England do not have nature near their home, with little or no greenspace at all in some of the most disadvantaged areas. Ethnic minorities are twice as likely to live in a neighbourhood without nature-rich spaces.
The Government has promised to create equal opportunities and quality of life for everyone across the country through its ‘Levelling Up agenda’. To achieve this, Government will introduce new laws. These ‘Levelling Up laws” will include changes to the planning system, making this a key opportunity to secure a “right to nature” for every community.
Clear Access Clear Waters
Clear Access Clear Waters is a campaign for fair, shared and sustainable open access on water for all. It’s aim is not only to seek greater public access to water for recreation, but also to secure the protection of our natural environment.
People protect what they love, but they only love what they know. The natural world is fragile and needs our help to protect. If we are to be the first generation to hand over our environment in a better state than it was found, then our waterways must not remain shut off to all but a few.
The Clear Access Clear Waters campaign is asking for clarity of rights over access for this generation and future generations to come. The case for fair, shared, sustainable open access on water in England and Wales has never been greater.
rivers across England and Wales have a clear right of access
of the English countryside off limits to the public
miles of historic paths are at risk
Why Access Matters
Access is important for us all, these routes and waterways provide us a way of connecting with nature. It’s essential that everyone has the opportunity to access these green and blue spaces for their mental and physical well being and the only way these will be protected is if everyone takes action.
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