Improve public access to woodland
Eight hundred years ago, the Charter of the Forest granted ordinary people the right to access royal forests. This was the first step in a campaign spanning centuries seeking the legal guarantee of freedom for people to access our beautiful landscapes.
However, only around 40% of woodland in England and Wales is currently available for people to fully explore. Much of this doesn't have a permanent right of access, meaning that it can be closed off at any time.
Walking in woodland is particularly popular and there is compelling evidence for its benefits for physical and mental health and wellbeing.
The Government should take steps to give people more, and better, access to the beautiful woodlands of England and Wales.