About the forum
We are an independent group that advises the council on the improvement of public access to countryside in Bracknell Forest for the purposes of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area.
We are an independent group of walkers, cyclists, horse riders, local Councillors and landowners who meet three times a year to progress issues about the countryside and the rights of way network.
We work with the Local Authority and other key landowners in the Borough to promote open-air recreation and enjoyment of the area. Our main goal is to have a countryside and rights of way network that is accessible to all.
We are looking for enthusiastic people to join us who are passionate about the countryside and promoting access for all.
Forum meetings take place 3 times a year and members also get a chance to take part in site visits and LAF conferences.
Members are kept informed about access routes affected by diversions, by development, by capital and maintenance works and Rights of Way Improvement Plan projects. Local Countryside Access Forum members also contribute to regional LAF meetings and consultations.
The forum meets in public and anyone is welcome to attend as a member of the public. Observers from neighbouring forums can also attend meetings.
Our next meeting
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 12 October 2021 at 7pm.
The meeting will be online and open to the public for viewing.
Requests to join the meeting (rather than viewing only) need to be sent to us at least a week in advance of the meeting: firstname.lastname@example.org
Agendas and minutes
Agendas and minutes are available online.
How to become a member
To apply for a place on the forum, please fill in the member application form.
Benefits of membership
The forum can comprise up to 22 members who represent a broad range of interests, including landowners, councillors, those who earn their living in the countryside, users of public rights of way and other relevant interests, such as nature conservation.
The benefits include:
- making a contribution to the debate - share your experience and expertise from your specific field
- keeping informed about access law, policy and legislation
- meeting and working with other like-minded people at forum meetings, site visits and national and regional LAF conferences
- helping to make a difference - influence local and UK policy and inform Bracknell Forest Council on access management strategy and policy
Who we are looking for
The council is looking for people who are passionate about the countryside, promoting access for all and can contribute positively to the work of the LCAF.
No formal qualifications are needed to become a member, but interested people will ideally have a broad range of knowledge, interest and experience relevant to countryside access.
Do you meet some or all of the following criteria? If so, you may make an ideal member of our new access forum and we would like to hear from you.
Abilities, skills and experience
You should have:
- good communication and people skills
- the ability to work constructively and as part of a team with competing interests
- the ability to contribute to constructive debate
It would also be useful, but not essential, if you have attended public meetings of this sort before.
Knowledge, interests and awareness
You should have:
- knowledge, interest or awareness of countryside issues and more specifically, the Bracknell Forest area.
- knowledge, interest or awareness of access to the countryside and interaction between recreation, land management and other issues
- participation or involvement in use of the countryside
It would also be useful if you take part or are involved in more than one countryside activity.
- be supportive of purpose of the forum outlined in the terms of reference
- have a commitment to making countryside more accessible and enjoyable for all.
- be willing to devote, for at least 3 years, time to attend meetings as well as possible training and networking outside of meetings
It would also be beneficial if you are interested in other related issues such as nature conservation or access for all.