By All Reasonable Means - a guide to improving access to countryside and greenspace

By All Reasonable Means coverA guide to help countryside and urban greenspace managers and owners improve accessibility of their sites, routes and facilities for visitors.

The Sensory Trust was commissioned by the Countryside Agency (now Natural England) to produce this national guide. It was reviewed by countryside managers and disability organisations before going to print.

The guide balances access with the conservation of natural heritage and landscape character. It acknowledge the reality of limited resources, and provides a realistic, practical and effective approach to encourage more action by managers and owners. The aim is for more access in more places for more people.

The guide looks at accessibility in its broadest sense, including people with physical, sensory or intellectual impairments. It includes how to make routes, sites and facilities more accessible and how to improve the quality of visitor experience. It advise on how to assess the accessibility of existing sites and how to plan access improvements.

The guide is based on Least Restrictive Access, an approach that aims for the highest standards possible for a particular piece of work. In the absence of statutory standards for outdoor access improvements, the guide shows how owners and managers can identify standards and techniques appropriate to their site.

It also incorporates the Access Chain, a tool developed by the Sensory Trust to outline the different parts of the visitor experience, from decision to visit to the experience on site and the journey home, and the connections between them.

The guide is underpinned by the principle of involving disabled people in all stages of the process, from planning access improvements to evaluating their effectiveness. It also advocates the bedding in of an inclusive approach so it becomes a natural part of way an organisation does things.

Download a copy of the guidance (pdf 835k)