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Securing access to woodlands

Dedicated Access LandCleft chestnut post and rail fencing on a woodland path.

The Forestry Commission has started the process of designating its land for public access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act. This Act provides for public access on foot to registered open countryside and common land but woodland is not automatically included in the ‘right to roam’ provisions. Landowners can choose designate woodland under the Act, thereby securing public access in perpetuity, even if the land is sold to another owner.

  • Contributes to RFF outcome 2
  • Partners: Forestry Commission

Woods for People

The Woods for People project has mapped accessible woodland and is in the process of developing minimum standards for natural green space provision. When complete, it will be possible to use the database to determine where green space provision is lacking so as to be able to target measures to increase local provision.

  • Contributes to RFF outcomes 2, 3 and 6
  • Partners: Woodland Trust and Forestry Commission
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