Our Good Access Scheme award for 2019 is now launched and we are looking for nominations of countryside sites and attractions going the extra mile to improve access for disabled people.

The Good Access Scheme award was launched in 2015 to recognise the best countryside ‘access for all’ projects across Yorkshire each year. Outdoor sites can be nominated by the disabled people who use them or by the staff or volunteers who manage them. Previous winners have included a number of local nature reserves as well as landowners such as Yorkshire Water who are working creatively to unlock the countryside for people of all abilities.

The awards are judged annually by our very own Advisory Group, made up of disabled members alongside volunteers and Trustees of the charity.

David Shaftoe says: “Whether it’s a scheme to improve pathways or innovative projects for people with a sensory impairment, we’d love to hear about countryside sites going the extra mile to welcome disabled people. On your trips into the countryside this year keep in mind our award scheme and if you have an idea for a worthy winner, please do let us know.”

Anyone who would like to make a nomination for this prestigious award should contact Open Country by email at info@opencountry.org.uk by the end of October outlining the ways in which the outdoor site or project has enhanced their disabled access.

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