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Planning an Event


The countryside provides valuable opportunities both for casual recreation and for organised activities. However, the increasing popularity of many established and newly introduced activities is creating pressure on those who live and work in the rural community.

Concerns about effects of outdoor recreation are heightened when events are being staged. The concentration of people at one location, irrespective of what the activity is, will put that location under intense pressure. But, many of the concerns can be addressed during the planning stages.

The governing bodies of many long-standing organised activities such as long distance walking, endurance horse riding, fell running and orienteering have well-developed guidelines for organisers to ensure that events exist in harmony with landowners, local residents and wildlife. This experience, though, is not always readily available to new organisers of sponsored events, challenge competitors and others involved in similar activities.

Recreational pressures are particularly acute in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and organisers may find that there are considerable benefits from basing their events in areas which are less highly pressured.

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Some examples of Event Guidelines can be found by visiting:

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For examples of good practice, click here to go to Best of Both World Case Studies

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