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21 October - 17 November
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Sharing the forest: should we extend the right to roam?

Someone stood with a dog in open moor in the New Forest. Image by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

What’s on offer?

Join legal experts from Bournemouth University and University of Southampton to explore how law and regulation can help manage the use of these unique ecosystems for the myriad of potential users - farmers, local inhabitants, visitors, walkers, cyclists, and the wild and domestic animals and plant life that rely on the forest for a home, food, recreation or rest.

What’s it about?

Currently, only 8% of England is covered by the ‘right to roam’, which allows anyone to access areas of countryside, no matter who owns it. This means most of the country is not currently accessible to the public. The New Forest may be more open than many areas, but it comes with its own set of traditional and modern rules for access.

Who’s leading the event?

Helen Carr, Professor of Property Law & Sc Justice, University of Southampton

Sarah Nield, Professor in Property Law, University of Southampton

Andrea Jarman JD PhD, Senior Lecturer In Law, Bournemouth University

Of particular interest to

Of particular interest to those with a stake in land access, for example walkers, land owners, wildlife watchers, forestry and land management, wild campers.