Six sought to help underline importance of outdoor access

Six people sought to serve on Moray’s Outdoor Access Forum.

A SEARCH HAS been launched to find new members for the Moray Local Outdoor Access Forum.

Moray Council say they are seeking six new members for the forum that promotes outdoor access throughout the region. Members act in an advisory capacity to the local authority on matters relating to outdoor access.

There are currently 20 core members who have equal representation from four representative groups – public agencies, landowners and managers, community groups and outdoor access user groups.

Three of the forum vacancies have arisen for landowners and land managers, two for outdoor access users and one for community groups.

New members would begin their three-year tenure in March and membership is on a voluntary basis although travelling expenses can be reimbursed. The forum generally meets around four times per year.

The current convener, Michelle Gillibrand, said: “The forum is an exciting opportunity to become directly involved in shaping the future of outdoor access in Moray.

“It provides a unique platform to balance the needs and interests of local communities, groups, landowners and individuals who wish to access the outdoors.

“The forum has been instrumental in planning for access, including the core path network within Moray. This has helped the long-term goals of safe and multi-user sets of paths which give the people of Moray the benefit of outdoor access for recreation, sustainable transport and improved health.”

More information is available by contacting Moray Council access manager Ian Douglas on 01343 557049 or

Applications should be made by February 24.