Land management and outdoor recreation in the UK

Mansfield, Lois ORCID logo ORCID: (2015) Land management and outdoor recreation in the UK. In: Humberstone, Barbara, Prince, Heather and Henderson, Karla A., (eds.) Routledge international handbook of outdoor studies. Routledge International Handbooks . Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Abingdon, UK. Full text not available from this repository.

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The relationship between outdoor recreationists and other land users in the United Kingdom has been, and continues to be, contentious. Why this exists in the UK is due to two main factors. First, is the influence of the historical development of land ownership patterns over the past ten centuries, where consequently now over half the land is owned by only 0.06 per cent of the population (Fairlie, 2009). Millions of outdoor recreationalists every year may unwittingly cross over land where private landlords guard their land rights closely. Second, practically every hectare 1 of land can be classified as multifunctional, the most obvious and predominant of which is combinations of primary food production and secondary outdoor recreation and nature conservation. This multifunctionality is fairly unusual globally: in North America and Australasia, for example, access to the outdoors is limited to areas deliberately set aside for recreational purposes or as wilderness for both biodiversity and recreation. This explains why National Parks in the UK are living, working landscapes, whereas in most other parts of the world National Parks are wilderness (e.g. Runte, 1987). That is to suggest landscapes are largely devoid of most forms of economic exploitation, which consume resources for profit.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN: 9781138782884
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Outdoor Studies
Additional Information: Chapter 40 within book.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2016 13:53
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 14:45
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