As the Access Authority we are working with landowners and farmers to lead the way on local arrangements for open access. New signs, stiles and gates are being installed, and new full and part time rangers have been appointed both to help landowners and farmers work with the new arrangements and to help the public enjoy the land safely and responsibly.
job is to act as a middle-man between the people visiting access land and the people living and working
on it. I oversee access on the ground, working with rangers and others, making sure that stiles, signs
and gates are in place. I am in constant liaison with landowners, conservationists and access groups
either individually on specific issues or through the Local Access Forum which I also organise. We have
to ensure people can enjoy the moors without harming the environment or unduly affecting land management."
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"Your aim is to enjoy your visit, our aim is
to enhance that enjoyment. Rangers can offer advice and practical help on where to enter the new areas,
what to see when you are there, how to cope in an emergency, why fire is such an ecological disaster
and why we have a new Countryside Code. Very few problems occur considering we have many millions of
a year – our 22 full-time rangers and 350 part-time and volunteer rangers work with colleagues and outside
partners to make sure the landscape is protected and people can make the most of it."
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Sue Smith Access Officer
of my main jobs is to ensure a close link between the national Open Access Contact Centre and the rangers
here so that they are aware of all restrictions to access within their area at any given time. I also
deal with requests from landowners for restricted access and maintain and update the Access Management
Plan – a computerised geographical information system including maps and details of Sites of Special
Scientific Interest, patterns of use, attractive features and so on."
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Partners in protection
Moors for the Future
The Peak District Moors for the Future project (with £4.7m from Heritage Lottery and other funding partners) is restoring large parts of the internationally important moors damaged by fires, pollution and erosion. It is carrying out research and encouraging public awareness of our moorland heritage.
chair of the Partnership Steering Group behind the five-year project, said: "Moorland can appear
rugged but in fact it's very fragile. We welcome people to enjoy this fascinating landscape with all
its interest and challenges. Our aim is to balance recreation with conservation of the moorland - one
of the world's rarest and most environmentally significant habitats."
Moors for the Future 01433 621656. Email: email@example.com
Website: www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk [external site]
Fire Operations Group
Fire Station Officer Peter Arnfield said: "The Group carries out regular training exercises and monitors conditions on the ground in dry weather. Our national countryside fire conference involved a full scale fire-fighting exercise - which proved to be a great success."
The question of whether the moorland should be closed is determined by the Met Office 'Fire Severity Index'. This index takes into account the condition of the moors and the weather conditions on a scale of one to five. When five is reached, the right of access to open moorland is suspended for a period of five days.
More information on Fire Severity Index [external site]
Peak District Local Access Forum
vital input from the community is the Peak District Local Access Forum which meets several times a year
to share information and views on access to open country, and advise the local authorities. Its chairman,
Andrew Critchlow, said: "The Local Access Forum is 22 people drawn from a wide range of backgrounds
to represent interests including walking, climbing and cycling, farming, conservation, local business
and local communities. We advise the Peak District National Park Authority and Derbyshire County Council
primarily on the implementation of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act, but also wider issues such
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Local Access Forum