A more thorough look at the new outdoor access legislation and advice on how to deal with potential outdoor access conflicts is the focus of a training course being run by the Cairngorms National Park Authority on 06 December.
‘Taking Strides with Access’ has been organised by the CNPA’s Land Based Business Training project and is free to those land based workers – gamekeepers, farmers, rangers, outdoor recreation providers and so on – located within or adjacent to the Cairngorms National Park.
The primary aim of the course – which is taking place at the Balmoral Estate on Tuesday 6 December and Wednesday 7 December at Alvie Estate, Kincraig – is looking at situations which may arise when the public take access on land and water which is managed for other uses such as farming, forestry or field sports.
As part of the course, participants are being taken through the Scottish Outdoor Access Code in detail and will be looking at possible scenarios. They will also be given advice on ways of dealing with outdoor access issues and ways of avoiding conflicts, such as the use of signage, leaflets and codes of practice.
Ruth Grant, an independent trainer who specialises in outdoor access and working with the public is delivering the training along with the CNPA’s Outdoor Access Officer, Fran Pothecary.
Manager of the Land Based Business Training project, Kate Christie said: “The CNPA has a duty to promote the Scottish Outdoor Access Code so by providing the opportunity for land based workers to attend a training course such as this, is just one way in which we are meeting this objective.
“The Land Based Business Training project has helped over 400 individuals since it began. The project is able to meet the training demands of land based businesses, find trainers and influence course dates and locations to suit the time commitments unique to this sector.”
The Land Based Business Training project is funded by the CNPA and the European Social Fund and encourages those working on estates, farms, crofts, nurseries, woodlands and the outdoor recreation sector to apply to the scheme, which can part or fully-fund training. Training courses cover a wide range of needs including the use and maintenance of machinery, equipment and vehicles; environmental courses; IT and business skills and health and safety, as well as a range of public benefit courses.