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PUBLISHED: 10:19 01 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:15 20 February 2013

Hertfordshire Local Access Forum (Herts LAF), the body that advises Hertfordshire County Council and other organisations on countryside access issues, is keen to recruit new members.

Hertfordshire Local Access Forum (Herts LAF), the body that advises Hertfordshire County Council and other organisations on countryside access issues, is keen to recruit new members.

Herts LAF, which is made up of volunteers, represents the interests of all countryside users, from farmers and landowners to cyclists and walkers.

They are consulted on a range of subjects, from improving rights of way to planning matters and other environmental issues. They also advise on balancing the interests of those who use the countryside for leisure purposes alongside those of farmers and landowners.

This year Herts LAF has been consulted on a range of issues, including road safety, coastal access and the Rights of Way Improvement plan.

The forum holds four formal public meetings per year, as well as informal meetings and field trips. This year the forum visited Cross Farm in Harpenden to discuss with the landowner the challenges of balancing the publics right to access land with the need to farm the land effectively and productively.

Stuart Pile, Executive Member for Highways at Hertfordshire County Council, said, 'The forum is recruiting for members who can represent the interests of land managers, horse riders and those with disabled access needs. If youre interested in getting involved in maintaining access to Hertfordshires countryside, please get in touch.'

For more information about Herts LAF or to apply to become a member, visit


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