Cannock Chase Green Party, friends and colleagues from around Staffordshire will convene to walk the Cannock Chase Heritage Trail on Sunday 16th August to celebrate our fantastic countryside and raise awareness of the 38 degrees petition to “Save our Countryside and AONB” which is currently supported by over 9,500 signatories.

 

We are issuing an open invitation to everyone who loves and appreciates our beautiful countryside in Staffordshire to join us on a pleasant walk along the trail departing from Chase Leisure Centre 11am on Sunday 16th August. The full route is approximately 10 miles to Rugeley passing through Hednesford and Cannock Chase. Participants are welcome to join us for any distance they feel comfortable completing.

 

Staffordshire County Council are considering options to change the management or ownership of up to 6000 acres of our Countryside across 18 locations in the County including beloved areas including Cannock Chase, Chasewater including Norton Bog and Apedale Community Country Park. Options include the private sale and private management as well as industrial or commercial development or transfer to local community/third sector groups. When this is considered along with the SCC Local Mineral Plan 2015 – 2030, the governmental U-Turn to legal protections of country parks/AONB against fracking developments and the persistent agenda of the Council to privatise our public services. (Capita now deliver our school support services, Amey run our roads and Keir manage our buildings.) We are all collectively concerned for the future of our Countryside, Cuts have Consequences.

This is an opportunity for us all to come together in support of our beautiful Staffordshire Countryside with a healthy walk in good company

The detail of the trail can be found here

We continue to highlight the plight of our countryside from the effects of austerity with plans from the local authority to consider private management or ownership of up to 6000 acres of Staffordshire countryside and this is attack on our heritage. We are custodians of the area and have a responsibility to future generations to protect the integrity of our green spaces. We are grateful for the support of over 9,500 people in highlighting the protection of the Staffordshire Countryside and ask others to sign up to our petition https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-staffordshire-countryside-aonb to ensure we maintain our much loved green spaces