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Fans of countryside access wanted

IF YOU have an interest in access to the countryside then Carmarthenshire’s Local Access Forum wants you. The forum is looking for new members from canoeists to horse riders and fishermen to 4×4 drivers who have an interest in public rights of way to the countryside wanting to make a difference.

They are a statutory independent body made up of local people providing advice to Carmarthenshire Council, Natural Resources Wales and other key organisations about improving access to the countryside, public rights of way and green spaces within the county. Forum chair Mark Hadley said: “We are looking for a broad range of people that use the countryside including walkers, horse riders, cyclists, dog owners, canoeists, fishermen, disabled groups, 4×4 enthusiasts, trail riders, people with interests in green spaces and parks, farmers, young farmers, landowners, people with an interest in tourism, outdoor activity instructors and people involved in nature and conservation.”

The LAF meet quarterly, usually on a Thursday evening in Carmarthen. Meetings are open to the public and often include presentations from groups and organisations dealing with countryside issues. Membership is voluntary but travel expenses can be paid and each term of the Forum lasts for three years. For an informal discussion regarding membership the chair and vice chair can be contacted as follows: Chair: Mark Hadley (Guest house owner and 4×4 enthusiast), call 01550 750274, email markhadley12@ hotmail.com Vice chair: Karen Burch (member of the British Horse Society), call 01269843796, email karen. [email protected] For an application pack, contact LAF secretary: Jonathan Tudor, Countryside Recreation and Access Unit, C/o Business Resource Centre, Parc Amanwy, New Road, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, SA18 3EP. Email [email protected] or call 01554 74751.