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Have your say: Shropshire’s Great Outdoors annual public survey

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Shropshire’s Great Outdoors are asking for your feedback about rights of way, parks, play areas and countryside so they can understand what the barriers to participation are.

Image of two walkers on Bromlow Callow, Shropshire with bright skies, green fields and hedgrows.

Walkers on Bromlow Callow, Shropshire.

Resources to deliver the strategy are under increasing pressure and your responses will help to identify key areas for priority in the future.

If you use the rights of way, parks play areas and countryside we would love to hear your feedback.

We’d like to hear from you, even if you don’t use rights of way, parks, play areas or countryside sites, so we can understand what the barriers to participation are.

The results will also help to identify those less valued areas of the service.

The survey is open until 9 May 2020 and you can complete it by following this link.

The survey should only take about ten minutes to complete depending on how much detail you give when answering the questions.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:

“Shropshire is one of the most picturesque counties in Britain, steeped in history and culture with a fabulous landscape. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the vast range of activities on offer and the natural beauty available throughout the county

“We would like your feedback through this survey to help us identify key areas to prioritise to ensure we allocate our resources effectively.

“If you could spare ten minutes of your time to complete the survey, both the team at Shropshire Council and I would be extremely grateful.”

The survey is led by the Shropshire Outdoor Partnerships Service; the part of Shropshire Council that maintains and develops recreational access, conserves and enhances the natural environment and encourages people to improve their wellbeing by being active outdoors. The service maintains and protects public rights of way, country parks, countryside and heritage sites, greenspaces and play areas, and supports the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership.

Shropshire’s Great Outdoors Strategy 2018-28 sets out the strategic direction for the management and development of publicly accessible greenspace, rights of way and other access in the Shropshire Council area.

The aim of the strategy is to inspire action to improve health, prosperity and happiness by cherishing Shropshire’s great outdoors.

If you have any comments about the survey please let us know: outdoor.recreation@shropshire.gov.uk.

For more information about walks, country parks and sites, the membership scheme and much more, visit the Shropshire’s Great Outdoors website.