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Finding solutions for our post-lockdown countryside
TODAY 16 April 2021, 12.30 – 2pm, Facebook Live.
Last summer, with the release of long pent-up demand, we saw unprecedented, chaotic and hugely disruptive pressure of visitors seeking to enjoy Scotland’s countryside. Sadly, that pressure was exacerbated by the damaging behaviour of a minority, ranging from simple ignorance of responsible access to blatant criminality.
Join our panel, under the watchful eye of our independent chair, award-winning journalist and special correspondent for BBC News, James Naughtie, as they discuss these issues and search for both short term and long-term solutions.
Our Panellists are:
Graham Simpson, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for East Kilbride and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity
Ariane Burgess, Scottish Green Party candidate for Inverness & Nairn
Alex Rowley, Scottish Labour Party candidate for Mid Scotland and Fife
Molly Nolan, Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Caithness, Sutherland & Ross
Ben MacPherson, Scottish National Party candidate for Edinburgh Northern & Leith
The Hustings will be broadcast live TODAY on our Facebook via Facebook Live. You don’t need an account to watch, but you will need one if you wish to leave a comment.
If you missed it ...
Fear not, the hustings was recorded and you can find it under videos or events on our Facebook Page for you to enjoy at your leisure!
Finding solutions for our post-lockdown countryside
16 April 2021, 12.30 – 2pm, Facebook Live.
In response to the unprecedented pressures on Scotland's countryside last summer and the similar situation anticipated this year, ScotWays is hosting an online election hustings on 16 April to seek possible solutions. Candidates from the five main parties will be asked to discuss their thoughts and solutions to the immediate and long-term problems, and the associated challenges to Scotland's world-famous access rights.
Scotland is blessed with a rich natural environment of breath-taking beauty that we must nurture for the benefit of all. But with the right of access, long championed by organisations such as ScotWays, come responsibilities too.
Last summer, with the release of long pent-up demand, we saw the unprecedented, chaotic and hugely disruptive pressure of visitors seeking to enjoy Scotland’s countryside. Sadly, that pressure was made more acute by the damaging behaviour of a minority, ranging from simple ignorance of responsible access to blatant criminality.
As the country prepares once again to emerge from lockdown and restrictions are set to be eased on where we can travel for leisure and pleasure within Scotland, there is an urgent need to be better prepared for the months ahead. Indeed, if international travel remains restricted, many more people on these islands are likely to want to holiday here in Scotland.
These immediate challenges are not temporary. We need to face the fact that parts of Scotland don’t have the infrastructure to cope with the demands we put upon them in normal times. Tourism brings huge economic benefits to Scotland, so longer-term solutions need to be found. But those solutions should not endanger our hard-won access rights.
In the search for answers, ScotWays, on behalf of the Scottish Outdoor Recreation Alliance (SORA), is hosting a major Holyrood Election Hustings at lunchtime on 16 April which will be broadcast live. We will pose some provocative questions to the panel of politicians and try to forge a path ahead.
Our independent chair, ensuring that all voices get a hearing, will be the award-winning journalist and author, James Naughtie, special correspondent for BBC News.
The Hustings will be broadcast live on our Facebook via Facebook Live. You don’t need an account to watch, but you will need one if you wish to leave a comment.
Commenting on the launch of the Scottish Outdoor Recreation Alliance (SORA) Manifesto issued today, Chief Operating Officer, Richard Barron said: “Our country is, we hope, on the cusp of being released from the grip of lockdown.
“The great outdoors has played an important part in the health and well-being and sheer enjoyment for so many across Scotland. In the weeks, months and years to come, we all want to be able to experience these simple pleasures again.
“Everyone has the right to access our countryside and the great outdoors. ScotWays is committed to upholding Scotland's excellent public access rights. But these rights only apply if people behave responsibly. Last summer, with the release of long-pent-up-demand, we saw unprecedented, chaotic and hugely disruptive pressure of visitors seeking to enjoy Scotland’s countryside. Sadly, that pressure was made more acute by the damaging behaviour of a minority, ranging from simple ignorance of responsible access to blatant criminality.
There is a need for education, but also for information and infrastructure to help people make the right choices.
“The SORA manifesto is packed with ideas about how to improve the experience of visitors to Scotland's countryside.
“We hope that our politicians are listening.”
The manifesto was developed by Ramblers Scotland, British Horse Society, Cycling UK Scotland, Mountaineering Scotland, ScotWays and Scottish Canoe Association. It is also supported by The Outward Bound Trust, Scottish Adventure Activities Forum, Scottish Countryside Rangers Association, Scottish Wild Land Group, HorseScotland and Scottish Orienteering.
The next deadline for our small grants scheme is 31st May.
The ScotWays small grants scheme aims to help organisations fund a project up to 50% of the total budget for the project.
The scheme will award grants of between £500 and £1,500. It is hoped that this might enable organisations to achieve the completion of a community-based/access-related project which might not otherwise be able to proceed.
Applicant organisations should be members of ScotWays.
For further details please visit our downloads page.
Prompted by a time lapse video of our Chief Operating Officer replacing a signpost on Rannoch Moor, the BBC Landward team met up with Richard at Kinlochleven to talk ScotWays history, the importance of our signs and to help replace one. First broadcast on 10 December 2020, you can watch it on the BBC iPlayer until November 2021.
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