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Involving the local community

An important aim of our project is to get members of the local community involved in improving their environment.

In Flanders, local communities are writing action plans for their municipality. In East Sussex, we are working with the Local Access Forum, and also running a programme of environmental education activities and guided walks. In both countries, the public can contact us via our website to give us their views.

Those who want to get more actively involved can volunteer for conservation work or take part in our work to improve access routes. We are running training programmes for volunteers so that they can develop their skills in countryside management and make a contribution to wildlife protection. Once trained and equipped, volunteers will be able to work with us to help manage path networks and countryside sites. Volunteers who take part in the enhanced training programme can go on to pursue a career in countryside management.

So far, our teams of volunteers have carried out biodiversity improvements and installed easy access furniture, such as gates and stiles, to countryside sites. We have also set up stakeholder action groups.

To find out more about Accessing the Countryside, visit our project page.