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Outdoor Learning on National Trust Land - IOL update

Author:Andy Robinson
Date Added:15 April 2016

Following the National Trust's announcement that they are running a pilot to develop a licensing scheme for commercial outdoor activity on their land, The Institute has been working on both a national and local basis to ensure that its members are appropriately represented with the National Trust.


What's been achieved ?  IOL has attended a series of meetings which have led to an understanding that the issue of sustaining access for as many people as possible to National Trust land is important to all.  This of course raises the issues of impact and sustainability.  The Institute's members are committed to taking environmentally sustainable approaches to outdoor learning as well as getting as many people as possible into the outdoors.  The National Trust appreciates that doing this does not always involve commercial activity and where it does the action to ensure sustainability may come in many forms, not just a fee for access.


What next ?The Institute will ensure that there are local consultation meetings to enable its members to influence the outcomes from this pilot.  The National Trust is due to make a formal statement in the near future on its approach to further consultations.  The Trust is definitely taking into account existing local arrangements and needs and is keen to get more input from providers of the full range of outdoor activities on a local basis.  

29/04/2016 Extract from a recent National Trust statement

As a pilot, the National Trust are in listening mode.  They will continue to pilot the license through the Summer and into Autumn, before conducting a wider consultation process.  Many activity providers and organisations have already been contacted and asked for their thoughts on the process and will continue to be involved, with others, in the consultation.  Centrally, the National Trust has been talking to many organisations such as the Institute of Outdoor Learning, the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres and the BMC, amongst others, to gather initial thoughts on sustainable solutions. 

The intention is to set up regional forums in May/ June, for providers to attend, talk and share ideas on how we protect and sustain our landscape in a sustainable, economic and environmental way.  

All feedback will be collated in the Autumn, where the National Trust will take everything into consideration and will agree any future programme with the support of other national organisations.  The full roll-out of a programme will be launched in Spring 2017. 

Further info is available on the National Trust website:

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/outdoor-activity-licence-faqs





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