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Ramblers in warning over coastal path

Posted 27 November 2012
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Ramblers in warning over coastal path
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The Ramblers has warned that those who want to go walking on the English Coastal Path could find they have longer to wait before much of it is opened than originally scheduled.

Concerns that the government is backtracking on environmental commitments are highlighted in the Wildlife and Countryside Link's Nature Check 2012 report, airing concerns from its 39 member charities about Whitehall's commitment to green issues.

The Ramblers stated: "Although steady progress is being made on the implementation of the English Coastal Path, timetables cannot afford to slip and improvements must continue into the new year."

Concern was also expressed about the future of England's Forestry Commission land, with the walking body stating that no absolute commitment has yet been made not to sell off the public forest estate.

In its report on the future of England's forests, the panel set up by then agriculture secretary Caroline Spelman called for this land to be held permanently in trust for the public.

It also advocated incentives for landowners to open up some of the 82 per cent of England's forest cover that is privately owned.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801496125-ADNFCR