Dorset Local Access Forum

The Dorset Local Access Forum is a statutory body that provides numerous local, regional and national organisations with independent advice in regards to improving outdoor access/green space for people to enjoy by foot, horse, bike and car.  In the Dorset area this includes Dorset County, Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole Council, as well as Natural England and DEFRA

The Forum’s work involves a wide range of issues, for example, play and outdoor recreation, sustainable transport, health, tourism, disability, equality & diversity, local economy, planning & development and land-management (agriculture/forestry/environmental conservation).

You can even be part of the team that helps develop Dorset's public paths and green space. Applications are welcome from people of all ages who bring enthusiasm and experience regarding one or more of the following:

  • Someone who enjoys walking, horse-riding, horse-carriage driving, cycling, 4X4 or other outdoor activities for recreation/health, and/or who uses the county's rights of way to travel sustainably around their local area
  • An owner, occupier and/or manager of land - especially with open access or Public Right of Way
  • Someone involved with matters such as health, planning, tourism, disability, transport, the economy where improved paths and green space could bring additional public benefits.

You need to be available to attend 3 DLAF meetings a year, usually on Fridays in March, July and November.  At times there is the need to attend additional forum meetings, site visits and working groups meetings.

For more information visit the getting involved page.

Additional information about the Forum can be found on the DLAF website. Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact Tara Hansford, the Forum Coordinator on 01305 221779, if you have any queries or wish to discuss the work of the Forum in more detail