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Mountaineering body submits forest views

Posted 1 August 2011
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Mountaineering body submits forest views
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The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) has issued its submission to the panel set up by the government to decide on the future of England's Forests, arguing for more access for those with walking boots and climbing ropes.

It said the BMC fully supports the sentiment environment secretary Caroline Spelman expressed in parliament regarding the establishment of the panel that it is universally beneficial for access to be expanded.

And the BMC noted it has an interest in this, with over 70 climbing crags on Forestry Commission land in England.

Other submissions include that of the Forest Access User Group, comprising an umbrella of ten organisations - of which the BMC is one.

It argued the statutory access rights people have to most land in Scotland enshrined in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 should be provided in England.

It also suggested those riding on mountain bikes or horses should get more access through the application to forests of Section 16 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.