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THE Hampshire Countryside Access Forum is searching for new volunteers with an interest in farming and conservation.

The forum provides advice to Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth and Southampton City Council on improving access to the countryside.

Set up in 2002, the forum is the statutory Local Access group for Hampshire, excluding the New Forest and South Downs, but including Southampton and Portsmouth.

It includes people from a range of interest groups, to ensure that the needs of all are taken into account when advice on access to the countryside is provided.

Current members represent farming, cycling, walking, motor vehicles, dog walkers, horse riders and fishers.

One of the forum’s biggest successes has been securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a providing access to Hampshire’s heritage project.

The ongoing project has over 100 volunteers researching historical rights of way.

Schools have also become involved in the project, which will be touring the city later this year.

Volunteers will need to commit to attending four meetings a year as well as task group sessions between full meetings.

To find out more about becoming a member of the forum, go to:

Or prospective volunteers can call 01962 847165.