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Get involved with the DLAF

Be part of the team that helps develop Dorset's public paths and green space to improve opportunities for recreation, public health, local planning, sustainable transport, local economy, disabled access, land management and tourism attractions.

Who should apply

Applications are welcome from people of all ages to bring enthusiasm and experience if you are:

  • someone who enjoys walking, horse-riding, horse-carriage driving, cycling, 4X4 or other outdoor activities for recreation/health, and/or who uses the county's rights of way to travel sustainably around their local area
  • an owner, occupier and/or manager of land - especially with open access or Public Right of Way
  • someone involved with matters such as health, planning, tourism, disability, transport, the economy where improved paths and green space could bring additional public benefits

This could include people with experience in the following:

Walking, dog walking, jogging/running/orienteering, horse riding/carriage driving, cycling/mountain biking, motorised/motor bike users, water based activities/sports, Landowners/managers/farmers, Forestry, Conservation landscapes, Tourism, Health, Sustainable Transport, Education, Business/Economy, Planning & Development, Climate Change, Community & Culture, Diversity & Equality - older/younger/people with disability/ethnic minority communities.


You need to be available to attend 3 Dorset Local Access Forum (DLAF) meetings a year, usually on Fridays in March, July and November. At times there is the need to attend additional forum meetings, site visits and working groups meetings.

Why apply?

Help shape the management and development of public rights of way, cycle & multi-user routes, public green space and open access land.

  • contribute to the debate - share your experience and expertise from your specific field
  • meet and work with others- listen to and share ideas with access related organisations to solve problems
  • be informed- receive regular local and National Access information updates and information relating to access law, policy, legislation, and how it can benefit social, economic and environmental issues
  • help make a difference- influence local and UK policy and advise on Dorset Council's access management strategy and policy

How to apply

Before you start you should read the cover letterperson specification and  information about the DLAF.

Whilst this is a volunteer post your application needs to demonstrate commitment and capability to effectively carry out the role of a member of the Dorset Local Access Forum.

Fill out an  application form and return it to us by post or email.

Dorset Local Access Forum Co-ordinator

Name: Tara Hansford
Tel: 01305 221779
Full contact details for Dorset Local Access Forum Co-ordinator

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