Open Country

Helping People with Disabilities to Access and Enjoy the Countryside

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Open Country is a Harrogate-based charity with 30 years of experience in enabling people with disabilities to access the countryside. We achieve this through a variety of countryside activities and the provision of information, training and advice.

Fully accessible transport is provided and staff are supported by teams of trained volunteers who are on hand to offer assistance as necessary. For more information about Open Country look on the ‘Who We Are’ page.

We also have our Wild About Wakefield project based at Thornes Park, which offers countryside activities and access information to people with disabilities in the Wakefield area.

We have to raise nearly £300,000 every year to keep providing the services that we do. Any contributions are greatly appreciated. You can make an online donation via ‘Virgin Money Giving or see our ‘Donate page’ for other ways you can give. Thank you for your generosity!

We need seeds!

Can you help us in our quest to collect seeds for our tree planting project? We need people to collect the seeds of horse chestnuts, sweet chestnut, oak and beech trees and send them to our Wakefield project so that our members can grow new trees! Last year we planted...
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Disabled access in Yorkshire – who is your winner?

Do you know a countryside site or venue in Yorkshire doing great things to encourage visitors with disabilities? Open Country's Good Access Scheme award was launched in 2015 to recognise the best countryside ‘access for all’ projects across Yorkshire each year. We...
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International Day of Older Persons

In 1991, the United Nations adopted 1st October as the International Day of Older Persons. To mark the day this year, we are paying homage to our oldest volunteer Dottie, who has been supporting Open Country members on their activities for the past five years. At...
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Celebrating National Allotments Week

We are celebrating National Allotments Week this week! The theme for 2020 is 'Growing Food for Health and Wellbeing', a reflection of the many benefits of growing, cooking and eating your own fruit and vegetables. At Open Country we know all about ‘growing your own’...
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Can you ride to the rescue for Open Country?

Get on your bike – or wheelchair, tandem, scooter, skateboard, penny farthing, unicycle – and join the free My Prudential RideLondon to raise vital funds for our charity! The My Prudential RideLondon is holding a free cycling event on 15-16 August to help charities...
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46 East Parade


North Yorkshire




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