I recently attended a reception in the parliament to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. I was joined with representatives from Ramblers Scotland. Ramblers is an organisation which protect the places for people to walk in Scotland and also promote the health and social benefits of walking such as countryside, recreation and outdoors.
I have supported Richard Lochhead’s motion which notes the importance that Scotland’s framework of access plays to make sure all of Scotland can enjoy the health and social benefits of keeping active.
Walking can boost health – but an independent survey by Ramblers Scotland showed poorly maintained paths are one of the biggest barriers to getting out there. This is reflected on the National Performance Framework as peoples use of Scotland’s outdoors has increased by 13% over the past 6 years . I hope within 2018 we will see this increase even further and we can help more people #GetOutThere.
Motion Number: S5M-09781
Lodged By: Richard Lochhead
Date Lodged: 08/01/2018
Title: 15th Anniversary of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act
That the Parliament notes that 23 January 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003; congratulates outdoor organisations, land managers, volunteers and public bodies for collaboratively delivering Scotland’s world-class access rights and supporting a range of outdoor recreation opportunities; acknowledges the Scottish Government-led report, Get Scotland Walking: A National Walking Strategy for Scotland, which shows a 13% increase in recreational walking over a six-year period; understands that VisitScotland estimates that the annual economic impact of walking tourism is £1.26 billion; recognises the critical role that Scotland’s framework of access rights and responsibilities plays in supporting everyone in Scotland to enjoy the health and social benefits of being active in Scotland’s natural environment; commends all involved in what it considers this success, and aspires to see even more people getting the most from Scotland’s wonderful landscapes.