As part of Parliamentary celebrations for the passage of the land reform legislation 10 years ago, President of Ramblers Scotland, Dick Balharry, has welcomed the progress made by the Scottish Parliament on the issue.
Speaking on the 10th anniversary of the completion of the passage of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 through the Parliament, on 23 Jan 2003, Dick Balharry said, “The Scottish Parliament should be proud of the way in which it delivered our right to roam in 2003. Politicians of all parties came together to secure rights of access to most of Scotland’s land and water and produce an access framework that is world class. Over the last 10 years, across virtually all of Scotland, this legislation has ensured that citizens have the confidence to enjoy all parts of our natural heritage in ways which have proper regard for land managing, conservation and local community interests.”
Dick Balharry added,”Right to roam underpins all our lives and so much of our economic activity, from a local walk near our home, to a cycle ride in a forest, to a snow and ice climb in the mountains. In the Year of Natural Scotland we should be saying to everyone, across the world, come and visit Scotland and enjoy your rights to experience the wonders of our land and water.”