Friday, 28 August 2015

Fwd: The Ramblers' Big Pathwatch


Dear Mr Jones, Congratulations on your re-election as a Member of Parliament, we look forward to working with you on our mission to help everyone, everywhere, enjoy walking and protect the places we all love to walk.


This summer, The Ramblers has launched a new project called the Big Pathwatch. The Big Pathwatch is encouraging communities to get outside and survey our rights of way network—footpaths, bridleways and byways—in England and Wales. While people are out walking, they are reporting their findings, both positive and negative, via our purpose-built app or our website. Once the survey closes later in the year, we'll have the first comprehensive nationwide analysis of the condition of our paths. The project is also allowing us to:
  • celebrate our path network and why it matters
  • find cost-effective ways to maintain it
help improve the health of our communities by getting more people outside and enjoying our beautiful country.

We would be delighted if you could add your voice to this campaign on social media. You can share your support using the #BigPathwatch hashtag, and our video: http://bit.ly/1O8C6cN. You can also help us by sharing this project with your constituents – we want as many people as possible to take part and enjoy the incredible path network that weaves across the country. We'd really appreciate it if you could put out the attached press release to show your support and encourage others to take part.

In England and Wales we have a network of 140,000 miles of public rights of way where we can walk, cycle and horse-ride through varied landscapes. We want to ensure this network is protected, as we know that walking is good for us and our communities:

Regular walking can reduce the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's and some cancers by between 20% and 50%.

Walking can reduce the chances of developing depression by up to 30%.

In the English countryside walkers spend over £6 billion a year, supporting up to 245,000 full time jobs.

As a sociable, inclusive and free activity, walking helps improve our sense of community, build social networks and tackle crime through the 'eyes on the street' effect.

Please show your support by sharing this project on social media, and encourage your constituents to get outside and enjoy our beautiful country using the attached press release.

Please do contact us at campaign@ramblers.org.uk if you have any questions about this project.

With best regards,

Tom
Tom Fewins
Policy and Advocacy Manager

About the RamblersThe Ramblers helps everyone, everywhere, enjoy walking and protects the places we all love to walk. We are the only charity dedicated to looking after paths and green spaces, leading walks, opening up new places to explore and encouraging everyone to get outside and discover how walking boosts your health and your happiness.

www.ramblers.org.uk