Local Access Forums
There are ongoing efforts in Wales to improve
public access to land - everyone should have the ability to
enjoy the Welsh countryside and appreciate all it has to offer.
Twenty-nine Local Access Forums (LAFs) have therefore been set up
in Wales to advise local authorities, the Countryside Council
for Wales and the Welsh Government on access
Whilst administering this advice, LAFs always consider the
important issues surrounding land management - as well as the real
need to conserve the natural beauty of the area.
Under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 a forum must
consist of members who represent:
- users of local access land and local rights of way;
- owners and occupiers of access land and land with rights of
- other interests especially relevant to the area.
The Local Access Forums in Wales maintain contact with each
other through the annual Chairs Meeting, and the Annual Conference.
They also elect a National Representative and a Deputy National
Representative who's roles are to represent the LAFs at appropriate
events, forums and meetings e.g. the National Access Forum.