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Protecting our right to roam: online discussion

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The future for local footpaths and rights of way will be discussed at an online public meeting on Wednesday June 9 from 7.30pm-9pm.

Footpaths and the Right to Roam will be the subject of Stroud District Green Party’s latest Cloud Café discussion, which will explore some of the local and national opportunities to improve access to the countryside – and some of the barriers that have prevented it.

Alan Bently, Principal Rights of Way Officer at Gloucestershire County Council, will be one of the speakers. Alan’s team manages and protects the 3,400-mile footpath network across the county, including the multi-user trail along the old railway line between Stroud and Nailsworth.

The meeting will also hear from Daniel Raven Ellison, who leads the Slow Ways campaign, a project to create a network of walking routes that connect all of Great Britain’s towns and cities as well as thousands of villages.

And Jack Cornish will talk about the Don’t Lose Your Way campaign, which he leads at the Ramblers (Britain’s largest walking charity), helping volunteers to find and reinstate lost rights of way.

Elizabeth Lee, coordinator of the Cloud Café events, said: “If the last year has taught us anything, it is how much we value our countryside and the enjoyment of walking through it, finding new paths and discovering new places. It’s so important to protect our right to explore our beautiful countryside on foot and this will be a great way to find out how we can help do that.”

The meeting is open to the public and there will be opportunities to ask questions and join the conversation. Register here to attend: https://actionnetwork.org/events/cloud-cafe-footpaths-and-the-right-to-roam

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