PEOPLE interested in access to the countryside are being invited to apply to join the North Yorkshire Local Access Forum.

The forum brings together representatives from land managers, users and other relevant areas of interest to watch over and help to shape the future of footpaths, bridleways, byways, open access land and other green spaces within North Yorkshire, outside the boundaries of the two national parks. It is an independent body that advises North Yorkshire County Council and other relevant bodies on how people can make the most of opportunities to get out and about in the great outdoors.

Members have a chance to work with a broad range of people to ensure the countryside is open to all.

The forum is expected to develop a constructive and inclusive approach to the improvement of recreational access to the countryside, respect local circumstance and different interests, follow national guidance and act as a bridge between different interest groups and seeking a consensus wherever possible.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, the council’s executive member for access, said: “North Yorkshire has some of the most beautiful countryside in the country.

“It is a real asset and the use of it for business and recreation and as a place to live has numerous benefits.

“That is why we must ensure that it remains open and accessible in a way that ensures its long-term preservation.

“The forum we have had in place for the past three years has worked really hard to promote countryside access and balance the needs of all those people who live, work and spend time in the county’s green spaces.

“We are looking forward to recruiting some more volunteer members to the forum who will bring new perspectives, challenge and ideas to the fore.

“If you are interested in this great opportunity, then we would love to hear from you.”

For more information and an application pack, go to

The closing date for applications is October 29 and interviews will be on November 12.