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!

Winter Nature Activities Pack

Winter - the season of plenty... if you go looking for it!   There's still so much in nature to explore and discover and our Winter Nature Activities Pack will help you to get involved in wildlife in your own homes, gardens and local parks. Most of the ideas in...
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Help us shape the future of Open Country

Here at Open Country we're always looking at ways to improve and develop our services. But we can't do it without your input and feedback! If you have been part of Open Country as a member or volunteer over the past 12 months, please take 5 minutes to complete our...
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Wildlife adventures in lockdown

Greetings fellow nature lovers! Now we are back to a state of lockdown, we thought we should reshare our Nature Activities pack which we created back in the spring to enable you to get involved in wildlife in your own homes and gardens. Most of the ideas in this pack...
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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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Community House                                           

46 East Parade


North Yorkshire




01423 507227


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