Our path network is one of Britain’s most precious assets, allowing all of us to access and enjoy the countryside. However, there are significant gaps in the network and, for those less physically able, accessing the countryside is far from guaranteed.
That’s why we’re calling for an ambitious Agriculture Bill that makes it easier for people to connect with nature and the countryside. We want to see a Bill that drives improvements to our existing paths, and promotes the creation of safer, more accessible routes that join up communities and connect people to the outdoors.
This is achievable, but we need MPs to support two amendments to the Agriculture Bill
Over the coming weeks, MPs will debate the latest draft of the Bill. We are supporting two important amendments by Caroline Lucas MP and Angela Smith MP.
These amendments would mean farmers and land owners:
- Are rewarded when they enhance the path network,
- Only receive public money if they fulfil their existing legal duties to keep public rights of way clear.
Write to your MP today and ask them to support a more ambitious Agriculture Bill that not only protects, but enhances, our access to the countryside.
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