Help to improve access to the countryside
"We are looking for volunteers to join our small friendly forum.
No formal qualifications are needed to become a member, but you should ideally be passionate about promoting access for all. Knowledge and experience relevant to countryside access is also welcome.
We advise the council on how to improve access to local rights of way and the countryside. Our suggestions for priority access improvements are included in the Bracknell Forest Rights of Way Improvement Plan.
Our members meet 3 times a year. There’s also the opportunity to take part in site visits, carry out rights of way inspections and help deliver physical improvements to access.
If you don’t think you can fully commit to join us, there are other ways you can help. Why not take a look at the council’s countryside conservation page?"
Colin Bird, Local Countryside Access Forum Chairman
About the forum
We are an independent group that advises the council on the improvement of public access to countryside in Bracknell Forest for the purposes of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area.
Bracknell Forest Council, as the Borough Highway Authority, has a duty under section 94 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to establish a Local Access Forum.
Forum meetings take place 3 times a year and members also get a chance to take part in site visits and LAF conferences.
Members are kept informed about access routes affected by diversions, by development, by capital and maintenance works and Rights of Way Improvement Plan projects. Local Countryside Access Forum members also contribute to regional LAF meetings and consultations.
The forum meets in public and anyone is welcome to attend as a member of the public. Observers from neighbouring forums can also attend meetings.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 10 October 2023.
Agendas and minutes
Agendas and minutes are available online.
How to become a member
To apply for a place on the forum, please fill in the member application form.
Benefits of membership
The forum can comprise up to 22 members who represent a broad range of interests, including landowners, councillors, those who earn their living in the countryside, users of public rights of way and other relevant interests, such as nature conservation.
The benefits include:
- making a contribution to the debate - share your experience and expertise from your specific field
- keeping informed about access law, policy and legislation
- meeting and working with other like-minded people at forum meetings, site visits and national and regional LAF conferences
- helping to make a difference - influence local and UK policy and inform Bracknell Forest Council on access management strategy and policy
Who we are looking for
The council is looking for people who are passionate about the countryside, promoting access for all and can contribute positively to the work of the LCAF.
No formal qualifications are needed to become a member, but interested people will ideally have a broad range of knowledge, interest and experience relevant to countryside access.
Do you meet some or all of the following criteria? If so, you may make an ideal member of our new access forum and we would like to hear from you.
Abilities, skills and experience
You should have:
- good communication and people skills
- the ability to work constructively and as part of a team with competing interests
- the ability to contribute to constructive debate
It would also be useful, but not essential, if you have attended public meetings of this sort before.
Knowledge, interests and awareness
You should have:
- knowledge, interest or awareness of countryside issues and more specifically, the Bracknell Forest area.
- knowledge, interest or awareness of access to the countryside and interaction between recreation, land management and other issues
- participation or involvement in use of the countryside
It would also be useful if you take part or are involved in more than one countryside activity.
- be supportive of purpose of the forum outlined in the terms of reference
- have a commitment to making countryside more accessible and enjoyable for all.
- be willing to devote, for at least 3 years, time to attend meetings as well as possible training and networking outside of meetings
It would also be beneficial if you are interested in other related issues such as nature conservation or access for all.