Keep up with Ramblers' Campaigns
It's also really important that we remember that the Ramblers is NOT just about going on lovely walks (great as that is!); the Ramblers is also a campaigning organisation on a range of issues.
Pilot Project in Rochdale
Would you like to help more people to start walking, and discover their local footpaths and access land?
The Ramblers are running a pilot project in Rochdale – with volunteers from the Ramblers, Walking for Health and members of the local community coming together to launch some new walking routes.
We need your help, and there are lots of different ways to get involved. Are you interested in:
- Making links between Ramblers, Walking for Health, and the local community, to help make sure that everyone can enjoy the outdoors on foot?
- Developing new routes – or taking part in way-marking or practical path maintenance?
- Helping to lead a programme of short walks?
If you’re interested in getting involved, or would like to share your ideas, please get in touch! This pilot will be supported by staff in the Ramblers GB office, in collaboration with the GM & HP area and local Walking for Health schemes.
To find out more, please contact by Friday 13th July.
Making sure we can all take a walk in the park
The Ramblers and the Town & Country Planning Association have today released a new report on Walking in Urban Parks and Green Spaces.
We know that walking in urban parks and green spaces is great for our physical and mental health and our new report explores the ways we can make it easier for people of all ages and backgrounds in urban areas to take a walk in the park.
In the face of local authority budget cuts affecting the money available to maintain urban green spaces, the report looks at how we can focus investment to encourage everyone to use their local parks. It also highlights some wonderful urban green spaces that have been created by local authorities with innovative partnerships and creative funding sources.
We also surveyed people about attitudes to urban green spaces and we found that 67% of people walk in parks at least once a week. However, certain groups were put off visiting their local parks for various reasons
One third of 16-24 year olds (33%) said they would be discouraged from using local green spaces because of safety concerns
67% of people said they would walk more if their parks were better maintained
35% of people over 75 said they would walk more often if there were more benches in their park
Our senior policy officer Kate Conto said: “We know that great parks and green spaces in urban areas make a big difference both to individuals and communities. But with the reality of budget cuts, it’s vital to ensure funding is used as effectively as possible. Considering the needs of a wide range of users will help ensure the creation of safe, accessible green spaces that the whole community can enjoy.
"Collaborative work on transforming parks with many different sources of funding can take a lot of time and effort to coordinate, but the results can be really worth it, as we can see with some fantastic green space projects that have totally transformed urban communities."
Read the full report on Walking in Urban Parks and Green Spaces Here