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Outdoor Learning in the South & Channel Islands

The Southern Region includes the beautiful coast, lakes, rivers, downs, open countryside, city centres and two National parks spread across the counties of Hampshire, West and East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire along with the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands. We have a great array of environments used by our members, from rural open spaces, dramatic coastlines, to open country and city centre provision. The region has a strong outdoor learning community with many centres and freelancers operating in the very diverse and active region.

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Mountain rescuers' new leaflet urges hillgoers to plan ahead to avoid callouts
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Mountain rescuers' new leaflet urges hillgoers to plan ahead to avoid callouts

Initially developed by the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association

The new leaflet emphasises the need to plan and prepare for trips into the mountains, in line with the #BeAdventureSmart campaign.

Since the first edition in 2017, more than 50,000 of the simple leaflets have been handed out across England and Wales and the latest edition focuses on making a good day better by planning adventures before you set out.

The leaflet has been produced by Mountain Rescue England and Wales, the umbrella organisation for teams south of the border.

MREW’s vice-chair and operations lead Mike Margeson said: “The idea for a leaflet was initially developed in Cumbria by the regional organisation there, the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association.

“When that proved really useful, MREW created a national version and this has gone through a number of versions, each one building on latest experience and changes in the outdoor world.”

In 2018, the 48 teams represented by MREW were involved in 2,538 callouts, resulting in 2,214 deployments with more than 1,936 people assisted. There were only four days in the whole of the year without a mountain rescue callout.

Nick Owen, who led the #BeAdventureSmart campaign for LDSAMRA, said: “It’s all about encouraging people to enjoy the mountains by planning and being prepared, and making a good day better.

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Chair  -  James Dyer - Email James

Secretary - Martin Robinson

Treasurer -  TBC

Committee: Sam Kendall, Mike King, Gary Palmer, Chris Rinaldi, Denea Wright


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