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Open Country

Helping People with Disabilities to Access and Enjoy the Countryside

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 please click here.

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 click here for other ways you can donate. Thank you for your generosity!

Tom’s Top 10 Tips to keep you snap happy during lockdown

Not being able to get out there together is frustrating us all at the moment. The spring is blooming, yet we are having to admire the wonderful countryside we love to explore from a safe distance. When I’m not working at Open Country, I am my alter ego, ‘The Flat...
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Wonderful Wildlife Webcams

Usually Open Country would be out and about in the countryside right now, ensuring people with disabilities get the opportunity to see some really fantastic wildlife spectacles. Whilst we have had to postpone our nature watching outings for now, there is nothing...
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James’ Make it Wild Blog

Last month James from our Conservation group was a guest blogger on the Make it Wild website. He told them about his work with Open Country and how being in nature makes him feel: "I’ve been coming out with Open Country for over 9 years and I love being part of a team...
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Our members share their VE Day memories

We are marking this year's special 75th anniversary VE Day celebrations by sharing a couple of our older members' memories of the day WWII came to an end:   Bryan Needham, has been a member of Open Country for over 25 years and regularly goes out with our Carers...
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Our Top Ten Wellbeing Tips For The Covid-19 Lockdown

This is a strange time for everybody and no doubt the isolation period will be especially hard for those living with mental health issues. Remember we are just at the end of the phone and computer if you need a chat, text or email. We have also put together a few of...
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