Shropshire Great Outdoors Annual Public Survey 2020-2021

The Annual Outdoor Recreation User Survey gathers information about how people access the great outdoors in Shropshire. The survey is led by the Shropshire Outdoor Partnerships Service, the part of Shropshire Council that maintains and develops recreational access, conserves and enhances the natural environment and encourages people to improve their wellbeing by being active outdoors. The service maintains and protects public rights of way, country parks, countryside and heritage sites, greenspaces and play areas, and supports the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership.

The survey includes questions about the outdoor facilities and activities you make use of, how you obtain information, any access barriers you may face and how satisfied you are with the services provided. Undertaking the survey each year allows us to understand how things are changing and where future actions should be prioritised.

The survey also provides information to support the delivery of Shropshire’s Great Outdoors Strategy 2018-28The strategy sets out how Shropshire Council and our partners aim to conserve and enhance the natural environment, improve people’s health and wellbeing and support the local tourism economy. It sets out the strategic direction for the management and development of publicly accessible greenspace, rights of way and other outdoor access. The strategy fulfils the statutory requirement of a rights of way improvement plan but broadens the remit to deliver across multiple policy areas and to integrate activity across local authority services and partner organisations. It provides a way of inspiring collective action to improve health, prosperity and happiness by cherishing Shropshire’s great outdoors.

To take part in this short online survey and help to develop and improve the service, and prioritise future activity click this link:

Note: The Great Outdoors would like to hear from you even if you don’t use rights of way, parks, play areas or countryside sites, so they can understand what the barriers to participation are. SDN says-this survey is very important to our members ie Access issues, facilities and the barriers many of us face.

If you have any comments about the engagement work undertaken by Outdoor Partnerships, please email:

This survey closes on Sunday 30th May 2021

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