The importance of parks and green spaces to health and well-being has been clearly demonstrated during the pandemic. For many people being able to get out and about and meet friends outside has been a lifeline.
The Devon Countryside Access Forum is a statutory forum with a specific remit to give independent advice on the improvement of public access to land and the enjoyment of such spaces. Each local authority is required under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to establish a local access forum and the Devon forum has fifteen members, appointed by Devon County Council. The Forum covers all of Devon with the exception of the National Parks and Unitary authorities.
Members represent access users, land owners/managers and those with many other relevant interests such as conservation, tourism and planning.
Devon County Council is currently recruiting for members. Details about the work of the Forum and an application form are on www.devon.gov.uk/dcaf The closing date is 18th February 2022. Applications from landowners/managers and those from the north-west of the County would be particularly welcome.