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If you know your footpaths from your bridleways, then Cheshire East Council wants to hear from you — as it looks to recruit members for a countryside advisory group.

The Cheshire East Countryside Access Forum offers residents the opportunity to advise the council on public access to the countryside.

The panel has a key role in looking at how the authority, and other local bodies, can improve access to the countryside for a variety of activities, including walking, cycling and horse riding.

The forum aims to encourage and enable public access to the countryside and is a statutory body set up under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

The panel also seeks to balance the desire for greater public access to the countryside with the needs of landowners and land managers and to ensure the natural environment is not damaged as a result.

The forum also gives advice to planners around protecting public rights of way and the needs of walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

For the full details, click here

Editor's Note: I was on the Access Forum for several years and I can confirm they do a really worthwhile job. If you are interested in public access to the countryside, you'll find this an interesting volunteering opportunity

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