Monmouthshire County Council is consulting a wide range of individuals and organisations to evaluate opportunities for people to gain from the health benefits and enjoyment of outdoor walking and recreation.  The project will centre on people with disabilities and those who do not normally access the outdoors.

 Views from the consultation exercise will contribute to the evaluation, including identifying gaps in recreational activities and barriers to accessing current opportunities.  Work on this project – funded under the Welsh Government’s Rights of Way Improvements Plan – has already started and its findings should be available by the end of February 2017.

 County Councillor Bob Greenland, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for countryside services said: “I hope that this evaluation will provide an ideal opportunity for people with any type of health or disability issue to engage with us so we can make the outdoors more accessible and understand the barriers involved.  We believe it is important that Monmouthshire’s beautiful environment is available to all.”   

 For further details contact the Countryside team by e-mail countryside@monmouthshire.gov.uk or telephone 01633 644850.