Open Country

Open Country

Charity information

Open Country

Open Country is a Harrogate-based charity which has been in operation since 1990. Our aim is to enable anyone with a disability access to the countryside.

Founded 1990

  • Mission statement

    This is achieved through a variety of countryside activities and the provision of information and advice. Our 'Conservation' and 'Trailblazers' work parties give people with learning disabilities and mental health issues a chance to get involved in helping improve the environment throughout the local area. Four walking groups operate through the year, with walks ranging from two to ten miles. There are regular countryside outings to a variety of wheelchair accessible locations including nature reserves and country houses. We have three tandem clubs, between them covering Harrogate & Knaresborough, Ripon and Wetherby. Our 'Companion Cycling' group gives people an opportunity to enjoy off-road routes, travelling under their own steam wherever possible. Other groups are 'Wild Things' (a nature study group) and the 'Adventure Club' (specialising in outdoor pursuits). The 'Care in the Countryside' group targets people with disabilities and their family carers. A more recent development is 'Wild about Wetherby', a project for Leeds City Council, offering day services to people from the Wetherby area. Our 'Countryside Advice Service' continues to offer information and advice on aspects of countryside access for all to a wide range of individuals, statutory agencies and countryside organisations.

  • Aims

    Open Country aims to:

    • In our 25th anniversary year, would like to develop an Outreach Project to welcome even more beneficiaries. Including a York Tandem Club and Otley Conservation Group.
  • Overview

    Established: September 1990

    Registered Charity Number: 1107331

    Board members: 8

    Full time staff: 3

    Part time staff: 3

    Volunteers: 75

    Phone number: 01423507227

    Address: Community House, 46 East Parade HG1 5LT

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