Volunteers needed for countryside forum

Help advise local authorities and other organisations on important issues.

Devon Countryside Access Forum (DCAF) is calling on volunteers to help advise authorities and organisations on issues affecting the countryside.

Last year the forum provided advice to a number of organisations including the Independent Panel on Forestry on the importance of forests for recreation and Devon County Council on the design and use of walking and cycling paths.

The forum currently has 15 volunteers and is now carrying out its yearly recruitment.

The chairman of the forum, Dr Justin Robbins, said: “We are looking for people who can share their knowledge and enthusiasm for Devon’s countryside with groups of like-minded people.

“They will get the opportunity to meet all sorts of people who use the countryside - walkers, riders, farmers, landowners, cyclists and business people.

“And they will gain an insight into the many, sometimes complex issues - legal and otherwise - that are relevant to access and Rights of Way.”

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DCAF is an independent and statutory advisory body, supported by Devon County Council.

For more information visit www.devon.gov.uk/devon_countryside_access_forum

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, February 28.

Forms are available online or by calling 07837 171000 or 01392382084 or emailing devoncaf@devon.gov.uk