Focusing on Derbyshire, including the ex-coal mining districts of Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire, my current research aims to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the nature of public access to woodland. Special emphasis is placed on woodland in private ownership.
The four objectives are to:
1. Understand the current provision for use of woodland for recreation and education. Woodland in the study are will be mapped using GIS, giving information on the nature of ownership, access provision (including and use of government incentive schemes) and woodland type/quality.
2. Analyse the current use of woodland by local interest and community groups. The role of a diverse range of such groups in encouraging public access to woodland will be critically examined.
3. Evaluate the impact of past and present public policy on access to woodland, considering the role of other stakeholders.
4. Consider to opinions, attitudes and policies of woodland owners and how they interact with policy, the public and other stakeholder groups.
My Masters research investigated the nature and extent of rural children's relationships with woodland.