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Leisure and recreational use of the countryside continues to increase, as do the often conflicting demands of a wide range of users. Managing Visitor Safety in the Countryside is a completely up to date guide for the owners and managers of open spaces, both urban and rural. It is produced by the Visitor Safety in the Countryside Group and is firmly based on their practical experience. Members of the group include RSPB, National Trust, English Heritage, Historic Scotland, Forestry Commission, British Waterways, Environment Agency, National Trust for Scotland, Natural England, Cheshire East Council, Peak District National Park, Woodland Trust, and the Royal Parks. The guiding principles and practical risk management techniques covered in this book have proved their worth in practice and have been endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive and recognised by courts as the basis for sensible risk management. The guiding principles have been adapted for use by the National Water Safety Forum and the National Tree Safety Group.
The advice will help anyone who invites members of the public onto: moors, mountains and open countryside parks and gardens, historic properties and archaeological remains footpaths and waymarked trails forests, country parks and nature reserves waterways and coastlines urban green space visitor centres The opening section of the book lays out the guiding principles that give managers the confidence to make decisions when balancing risk with benefits. It then shows you how to set about it in practice, with chapters on planning & organising and risk assessment. There are supporting chapters covering: the role of information & education in risk control incident reporting & investigation emergency planning & procedures the law & visitor safety. The first edition is being used by 172 different organisations, 14 government agencies, 60 local authorities, 10 national park authorities, dozens of country parks, woodland trusts and reserves.