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Access Management Under CRoW

Part 1 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW) created new public access rights over ‘access land’ in England and Wales. Access land is defined as:

  • registered common land
  • open access land
  • where it exists, ‘dedicated land’

Dedicated land is woodland or any other land type that has been voluntarily dedicated under Section 16 of the Act – in England and Wales.

The aim of this booklet is therefore to help Forestry Commission staff undertake their duties as land managers in relation to the changes in access rights in England and Wales.