Paths and Countryside

Thank you for contacting me about the possibility of using the UK’s future agricultural policy to support the development and maintenance of paths, and the ‘Your Path Awaits’ campaign by Ramblers.

As the UK leaves the EU the Government are working on a new domestic agricultural policy. The Government proposes to move to a system of paying farmers public money for public goods. The principal public good it anticipates the system promoting is environmental enhancement, but the consultation document Health & Harmony also proposed public access as a public good that could be funded.

Ministers have consulted widely with farmers and others and will publish a response shortly. I hope that you and Ramblers were able to participate in this exercise and make your views heard.