British Canoeing has joined the Wildlife and Countryside Link, a unique coalition of more than 48 organisations concerned with the conversation and protection of wildlife in the countryside.
As part of the new Access and Environmental Charter, British Canoeing is calling for the Government to consider a landmark legislation which not only gives greater public access to national water space but also commit to protecting and enhancing the precious natural environment.
Ben Seal, places to paddle manager at British Canoeing, said: “Canoeists play a very active role in protecting and enhancing the health of our rivers in England and this forms a core message within our new Access and Environment Charter.
“Link has been incredibly successful in influencing and informing the government on key issues around the environment, presenting collective messages to those who have the capacity to bring about change, in Government and elsewhere.
“The Link network enables collaborative working among its member organisation, many of which are the same core issues which we are addressing. We look forward to working with some of our leading stakeholders, to amplify our objectives and ultimately achieve our goal of fair, shared and sustainable open access.”
Link’s 48 members include The National Trust, The Rivers Trust and British Mountaineering Council. Each stakeholder plays a key role in the practice and advocate environmentally sensitive land.
British Canoeing will join Link’s steering groups which focus on waterways, Land Use planning, Invasive Non-Native Species as well as Environmental Link's UK Brexit Nature Coalition.