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Access For All To Dorset's Countryside


11:13am 9th May 2012

Fans of Dorset’s beautiful countryside who want to share their passion with others are being asked to volunteer with the Dorset Local Access Forum (DLAF).

The DLAF is an independent, statutory body which provides advice to bodies such as councils, English Heritage, Defra and Natural England, as well as members of the public. Its aim is to make Dorset more accessible and enjoyable.

Anyone can join the forum, whether you enjoy walking, horse-riding, cycling or other outdoor activities, or just want to help others to enjoy the benefits of access to Dorset’s outdoor spaces.

As the appointing authorities for the DLAF, Dorset County Council and Bournemouth and Poole borough councils are inviting new members to apply before 18 May. To apply visit www.dorsetforyou.com/laf for an application pack.

Robert Gould, Cabinet member for environment, said:

“In Dorset we are very lucky to have access to such beautiful countryside. Sadly, many people aren’t able to access as much as they might like as there are some areas where access needs to be improved.

“By volunteering with the DLAF you can have a say and make a real difference to building an open and accessible future for Dorset’s countryside.”

Since it was established in 2002 the DLAF has made significant improvement to outdoor access. It has helped enhance outdoor recreation, public health, accessibility for people with disabilities, tourism and the local economy.

For more information contact Jason Quinn on (01305) 224190 or go to www.dorsetforyou.com/laf

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