Author Archives: Emma Donaldson

Mediation skills for access professionals – online workshop Thursday 22 April 2021, 1.30-4.30pm

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SOAN is teaming up with Scottish Mediation to offer a tailored training session for members who are dealing with access issues and would like to learn mediation skills to help them do so more effectively. Read on for more information and to register … Continue reading

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A96 Dualling East of Huntly to Aberdeen – Preferred Option – Virtual exhibition

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If of interest … feedback period running until 15 February 2021 … Continue reading

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SOAN’s survey featured on BBC Radio Scotland’s Out of Doors programme & in other media

SOAN’s survey was featured on BBC Radio Scotland’s Out of Doors programme in an interview with David Henderson Howat, convenor of the National Access Forum. Continue reading

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Survey reveals alarming cuts to outdoor access jobs in Scotland

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Joint press release issued by Ramblers Scotland on behalf of Scottish Outdoor Access Network.

Landowners and outdoor groups are jointly calling for better resourcing to support Scotland’s world-class access rights – as a new survey highlights alarming cutbacks in countryside access jobs.
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Our first virtual AGM and mini-networking event

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On 11 November 2020 we hosted our first virtual AGM and Mini-Networking event 2020 (Reflections and developments in access and active travel, lessons from the Summer and looking forward to 2021). The event proved a success with 43 people attending and a full and varied agenda including presentations from representatives of Ramblers Scotland, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority, NatureScot – on behalf of the National Access Forum, Paths For All and Sustrans Scotland. Continue reading

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Reflection on some of our past events …

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Provost Walk, Auchterarder – Sharing Best Practice to Improve our Shared Use Paths and Active Travel Routes (14 November 2019). An informative and enjoyable day out for those that attended sharing knowledge gained during the upgrading of a narrow, muddy path to a fully inclusive, shared use route. Continue reading

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Visitor Safety Group (VSG) publishes COVID-19 Recovery Planning Guidance – Working Practices for Landowners and Countryside Managers

The Visitor Safety Group (VSG) has published COVID-19 Recovery Planning Guidance – Working Practices for Landowners and Countryside Managers. The guidance seeks to cover the key areas all landowners and countryside managers will need to consider and assess when re-opening … Continue reading

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What does exercising rights of access responsibly under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 mean during the COVID-19 emergency?

Scottish Ministers have today released guidance on what exercising rights of access responsibly under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 means during the COVID-19 emergency. The guidance stresses the importance of responsible behaviour when visiting the outdoors during the Covid-19 … Continue reading

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