Open Country can provide you and your organisation with information about a variety of access issues. Our ‘Countryside Advice Service’ can include training, access audits, after dinner speaking and general advice, ranging from rights of way to supplying contacts for specific queries.
We carry out access audits on existing pathways to check that they meet nationally recognised Fieldfare Trust standards for wheelchair users and can put together a report highlighting areas that need extra work to meet these standards. We have comprehensive knowledge through our own training and extensive experience that we can draw on to make this a highly valuable service.
The following organisations have taken advantage of the Open Country Countryside Advice Service:
- Environment Agency
- North Yorkshire County Council
- Yorkshire Water
- Lower Ure Conservation Trust
- The Wildlife Trusts
- Bat Conservation Trust
- Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust
- Leeds City Council
- North York Moors National Park
- Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Good Access Scheme Award
The Open Country ‘Good Access Scheme’ (GAS for short!) was launched in 2015. The aim was to recognise annually the best countryside ‘access for all’ projects, initially in Yorkshire. Schemes can be suggested by the disabled people who actually use them. In the first year we were pleased to give the award to Otley Town Council for its work on Gallows Hill Nature Reserve and to the Lower Ure Conservation Trust for its work on Nosterfield Nature Reserve. Both awards were primarily for their extensive path improvement schemes. If you have an idea for a worthy winner of this prestigious award, please let us know. Award winners are chosen by our Advisory Group each November and trophies are presented in December.
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