What Do Our Member Really Think

Liddy Lawrence – Chair

Have you always lived in Herts?
No – although I was born in St Albans and now live there, I have also lived in London and the Midlands, and in Hitchin in N Herts.

What are you main interests/hobbies?
I seem to lead quite a busy life. I get great pleasure from growing things in my garden – especially trees from seedlings – and on my allotment.
I walk and cycle regularly, and ski as often as I can. I listen to a wide range of music, and go to many gigs/concerts. I am a member of the Jane Austen Society, and read widely around her life, writings and times. I am a member of the Emergency Planning Society and its National Human Aspects Working Group I have family and friends in various parts of the UK and France who I visit as often as possible.

Do you have a favourite walk//cycle ride route
Several old favourites include the Grande Randonnee path along La Dame Blanche in Franche-Comte, France, the South Devon and Isle of Purbeck parts of the South West Coast Path, and, more locally, circular routes from the Brocket Arms in Ayot St Lawrence and from the centre of St Albans along the River Ver

What place would I like to travel to
In the UK I have cycled in the Outer Hebrides and would like to return to this area, and also to walk in the Orkneys. In France I would like to walk in the Pyrenees.

What is your special interest in LAF
I have an interest in gaming products (I am a member of The Ramblers Society) and off -road cycling, and am particularly interested in helping to make the countryside more accessible to people who may not normally consider visiting it.

As a LAF member………
I would like people to feel more confident about walking in the countryside near their homes or for days out, so updated reliable information about where to go, and how to get there would be a great help

What is my role………
I am the Chair of the Hertfordshire LAF, and have had this role since the first LAF meeting. I try to ensure that the agenda we cover meets all the areas of interest or concern to LAF members and members of the public who communicate with us, well as our statutory obligations. I hope to encourage more members of the public to join the discussion by attending our meetings or communicating via letters/e-mail.
I am one of the two LAF representatives from the East of England on the national England Access Forum.

Anything else………
There is so much to do and so little time to do it…………………………………..

Roger Thomas – Vice-Chair

Have you always lived in Hertfordshire?
No …. 30 years, prior to that West Wales and Wiltshire

What are your main interests/hobbies?
Farming/Rural Activities and the majority of sports

Do you have a favourite walk/cycle/ride route?
A walk through Brocket park

What place would you like to travel to/is on your ‘wish-list’?
Australia and New Zealand

What is your special interest in the LAF?
……. Originally from a landowners viewpoint but more recently linking access from one urban area to another

As a LAF member what would you like to change/improve to make access better in Hertfordshire?
More thought given to how networks can be linked

What is your role within LAF? And, would you like it to change and how?
I have been vice-chair to Liddy for some time although the role has been very much a supportive one as Liddy has always been able to act as chair. I was rather disillusioned initially as Herts LAF seemed to have little impact on local access, more recently I have been more encouraged

Anything else you’d like to add?
I would like to meet more frequently as we always have such long agendas’ and there are always other issues to discuss

Roger Thomas

 

Have you always lived in Hertfordshire?
I was born and brought up in Leeds and spent all my free time in the countryside around my home. I walked extensively in the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Peak District. I have lived in Hertfordshire since 1991 where I have discovered many great places to walk.

What are your main interests/hobbies?
My main hobby is walking although I do love my bike! I have two small children so we tend to walk to their level (they did conquer Pen y Ghent this summer!). I relax at home by knitting and vegetable gardening. I enjoy cooking and rare visits to the cinema.

Do you have a favourite walk/cycle/ride route?
In Hertfordshire my favourite walk is around Sandridge and Nomansland. Further afield its Ivinghoe Beacon as I love being up high and getting the wind through my hair. In Yorkshire its any of the Three Peaks but especially Inglebrough.

What place would you like to travel to/is on your ‘wish-list’?
I’m very lucky and have travelled extensively (India, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Japan) but I would love to go to Chile! I would love to go back to the Outer Hebrides.

What is your special interest in the LAF?
I am interested in all things walking but have a special interest in inclusivity – children, people with disabilities, young people, people from ethnic minorities – making sure that everyone in the county knows about – and has the opportunity to use – the outdoor recreation opportunities that our magnificent county holds.

As a LAF member what would you like to change/improve to make access better in Hertfordshire?
A clearly waymarked and available rights of way system. Safe road crossing. Joined up routes.

What is your role within LAF? And, would you like it to change and how?
I have on the LAF since started in 2003. I have been proactive in discussion and giving advice to the County Council. I particularly enjoyed helping to organise the Parish Conference that we ran last year. I would like to get the ‘Safe Road Crossings Sub Committee’ up and running as I think it is so important.

Anything else you’d like to add?
My job as a Senior Lecturer in Rural Geography at the University of Hertfordshire gives me many opportunities to take my students out and about around Hertfordshire, showing them the diversity of our County and its many special places. I therefore believe that I am well placed to contribute widely to LAF business.

 

Have you always lived in Hertfordshire?
Yes.

What are your main interests/hobbies?
Rambling, political & transport issues, moderate environmentalist, the Arts generally.

Do you have a favourite walk/cycle/ride route?
No, but I enjoy walking route devised just from the map, encompassing some open aspects & ideally including points of interest.

What place would you like to travel to/is on your ‘wish-list’?
Anywhere new, with good upland countryside and/or with historical aspects of interest

What is your special interest in the LAF?
Walking, particularly including interests of not drivers.

As a LAF member what would you like to change/improve to make access better in Hertfordshire?
There is a lot of access in the County which is little known outside the immediate vicinity, I would like to strive to improve this.

What is your role within LAF? And, would you like it to change and how?
Enthusiastic member, would like LAF to be more proactive

Anything else you’d like to add?
A particular area of interest, not noted above, is the relationship between nature conservation and public access; where they generally need not be imcompatible and a combination can often prove beneficial.

Lynn Myland

Have you always lived in Hertfordshire?
I was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire and lived here all my life, except for 10 years when in lived in Spain.

What are your main interests/hobbies?
I enjoy the countryside, love listening to and watching the wildlife, and enjoy the changing seasons especially autumn. I enjoy walking, horse riding and squash.

Do you have a favourite walk/cycle/ride route?
I love to walk from Barley Mow Lane into Knights wood and along the footpath to Highfield Hall and beyond. When horseriding I enjoy the route along the BOAT of Hixberry Lane onto the Alban Way and taking one of the numerous tracks to Sleapsyde and – if I feel brave enought – crossing the A414 onto Colneyheath Common.

What place would you like to travel to/is on your ‘wish-list’?
I would love to explore more the Donana National Park of Andalucia, Spain and spot an Iberian Lynx.

What is your special interest in the LAF?
I am a land owner and a user of PRoW and Open Access. I have been active in the RoWIP for Herts, visiting sites and advertising the RoW unit and working closely with them. I feel very strongly that I should represent the views of users of the RoW and open access spaces in Hertfordshire. I have been influential in the Oakland College development working with the college and council on the sect. 106 agenda, looking at developing new routes and improving existing. I have also worked hard organising and attending meetings regarding the 4 consultation proposals to fence 4 Commons in South Hertfordshire, networking and listening to people’s views.

As a LAF member what would you like to change/improve to make access better in Hertfordshire?
I want to improve the safety of road crossing on existing and future RoW. I would like to influence the development of multi-user PRoW and as a horse rider improve the network, so that horses can be kept off the roads. The volume of traffic on out roads has increased, and it is fast and dangerous for horse riders.

What is your role within LAF? And, would you like it to change and how?
I want to see the Open Access land and PRoW in Hertfordshire improve thus encouraging more people to use it. I think we need to raise our profile with other agencies and bodies, and ensure that we are consulted and able to advise on major decision regarding open-air recreation. I would like LAF to be able to make a BIG difference to the improvement of public access. Introducing information Drinks & Coolers for horse riders/carriage drivers and improving information on our existing RoW network.

Anything else you’d like to add?
No.

Lynn Myland

 

Have you always lived in Hertfordshire?
Lived in Herts since age 3

What are your main interests/hobbies?
When younger took part in athletics, Road Walking assocn. Rugby,later Hacking.
Now still looking after retired Horse, Photography and attending meetings.

Do you have a favourite walk/cycle/ride route?
North Mymms Park and Ivinghoe Beacon are among local spots I enjoy

What place would you like to travel to/is on your ‘wish-list’?
Would like to revisit Australia and India which I have not seen since 1945

What is your special interest in the LAF?
Have an interest in Herts rural affairs want to see the best of it preserved.

As a LAF member what would you like to change/improve to make access better in Hertfordshire?
Maintain balance between sometimes conflicting demands of different gaming mouse user groups and also recognise that for some countryside is a workplace not a park.

What is your role within LAF? And, would you like it to change and how?
Support efforts of Rights of Way Unit.

Anything else you’d like to add?
I am HCC nominee to LAF I hope I make a link in both directions.

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