Get involved in opening up Derbyshire’s countryside

If you have an interest in the great outdoors and would like a say on how Derbyshire’s countryside can be opened up for all to enjoy then your help is needed.

Derbyshire County Council – along with Derby City Council – are recruiting new members for the Derby and Derbyshire Local Access Forum.

The forum was set up eight years ago and advises how best to use paths and trails across the whole county to improve access to the countryside.

It also helps people make the most of what their community has to offer using local paths to reach shops, leisure facilities and health care.

The 22 members of the forum cover a range of backgrounds from users, landowners and other interests.

The forum meets four times a year in Derby and across the county alternately.

The work is voluntary with expenses paid and membership lasts up to three years.

Applications are invited from anyone with an interest in the outdoors.

Those representing walking interests, nature conservation, access to the countryside for disabled people, tourism, health or local community interests would be particularly welcome.

Leader of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Andrew Lewer, said: “Being a Local Access Forum member is a very rewarding role.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in advising us how we can improve access to Derbyshire’s countryside.”

For further details ring Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058 or you can download information from www.derbyshire.gov.uk/countryside or www.derby.gov.uk.

If you would like to join the forum please write to us explaining your interests, experience and what you feel you can contribute to: Derby and Derbyshire Local Access Forum, Derbyshire County Council, Shand House, Dale Road South, Matlock, DE4 3RY.

The closing date for applications is August 31. Interviews will take place in September.