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Shaping the Future

The website will be updated soon with more up to date information about the consultation.

“Shaping the future” is a project being run to work out how best to keep Cannock Chase special for nature and people. It is being run so that local people and stakeholders have a say.

The focus of the project is Cannock Chase Country Park, Bevin’s Birches and the adjoining land - all highly valued and much loved areas. They provide places for tranquillity and quiet enjoyment as well as playgrounds to walk dogs, ride bikes or horses and explore nature. See maps of both areas in the Image Gallery.

They are also special places for beauty, nature and wildlife. Both areas lie within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Special Area of Conservation so are recognised as special nationally and internationally.

But there is a challenge. In the past, local people shaped what the land looked like and what plants and animals lived here by traditions such as grazing cows and sheep, collecting firewood, and harvesting nuts and berries. These traditions created the open landscape, swathes of purple heather, and myriad birds and butterflies that are loved today. Without active management, the land will change, views will be lost, and the habitats will be scrubby bramble, bracken and trees.

To work out the optimum management it is vital to factor in what matters to people and how people use and enjoy the area today

That is where you come in!

On this website there is:

  • a new consultation - you can have your say regarding proposed fencing options, access and habitat management options. In response to requests from the community and other stakeholders, we have extended the survey to 14th August 2017.
  • a new interactive map - you can suggest your own access point if you feel the proposed access points don't cover it
  • a quick poll
  • a story board

Please respond to these different opportunities to have your say.

We want to hear your personal responses, your stories, your quick answers and your detailed thoughts.

Do please tell other people about this so they can add their ideas too

Please take some time to sign up to the website and get involved with all the interactive opportunities on this website, we want to hear from you!

Please take note, to share your view below you will need to register. The confirmation email may be immediate but can take up to 10 minutes to get through dependent on your email system.

We are now starting the second phase of consultation. The first stage included a stakeholder workshop, a drop-in event and an online survey run on this website. We have created records of what was said in each sorting similar points together to make them easier to understand. Please check the document library to download and view these documents.

Why do I need to register for the online survey? Find out here

The website will be updated soon with more up to date information about the consultation.

“Shaping the future” is a project being run to work out how best to keep Cannock Chase special for nature and people. It is being run so that local people and stakeholders have a say.

The focus of the project is Cannock Chase Country Park, Bevin’s Birches and the adjoining land - all highly valued and much loved areas. They provide places for tranquillity and quiet enjoyment as well as playgrounds to walk dogs, ride bikes or horses and explore nature. See maps of both areas in the Image Gallery.

They are also special places for beauty, nature and wildlife. Both areas lie within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Special Area of Conservation so are recognised as special nationally and internationally.

But there is a challenge. In the past, local people shaped what the land looked like and what plants and animals lived here by traditions such as grazing cows and sheep, collecting firewood, and harvesting nuts and berries. These traditions created the open landscape, swathes of purple heather, and myriad birds and butterflies that are loved today. Without active management, the land will change, views will be lost, and the habitats will be scrubby bramble, bracken and trees.

To work out the optimum management it is vital to factor in what matters to people and how people use and enjoy the area today

That is where you come in!

On this website there is:

  • a new consultation - you can have your say regarding proposed fencing options, access and habitat management options. In response to requests from the community and other stakeholders, we have extended the survey to 14th August 2017.
  • a new interactive map - you can suggest your own access point if you feel the proposed access points don't cover it
  • a quick poll
  • a story board

Please respond to these different opportunities to have your say.

We want to hear your personal responses, your stories, your quick answers and your detailed thoughts.

Do please tell other people about this so they can add their ideas too

Please take some time to sign up to the website and get involved with all the interactive opportunities on this website, we want to hear from you!

Please take note, to share your view below you will need to register. The confirmation email may be immediate but can take up to 10 minutes to get through dependent on your email system.

We are now starting the second phase of consultation. The first stage included a stakeholder workshop, a drop-in event and an online survey run on this website. We have created records of what was said in each sorting similar points together to make them easier to understand. Please check the document library to download and view these documents.

Why do I need to register for the online survey? Find out here

What do you remember about how Cannock Chase used to be?

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  • Walkers Injured By Cattle - The One Show, 22.09.2017

    by Rsphsmb, 3 months ago

    I am sure many of you will have seen the article on the one show last night detailing the threat cattle present to dog walkers, ramblers and such like.  The threat is not just from heifers with calves but also general herds of cattle who can enthusiastically run towards people if they think they are being fed etc.

    The dog walker in question was very badly injured and it appears this type of injury is not uncommon and can be fatal, especially for the elderly and the young.  The link to the program is as follows: .http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09543xs/the-one-show-21092017 the clip... Continue reading

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  • Getting lost!

    by rose.astbury, 5 months ago

    As a child my friends and I would spend whole days getting lost over Cannock Chase and thought we were explorers. It didn't matter as we always knew we could just walk out onto a road and like magic we were no longer lost! I now do the same but running with my friends. They will ask me if I know where I'm going and my answer is "does it matter?" With perimeter fencing my answer would be " just give me an hour I'm looking for an access point, oh and I'm trying not to disturb those cows. Oh... Continue reading

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  • Please don’t spoil the Cannock chase,

    by David Perry, 5 months ago

    I grew up in Brook Lane, Brocton and I am due to move back there after the sad death of my mother. My mother’s house there has been the ancestral family home for our family for generations, and our family travel back to meet up there. People live in Brocton and love so much because they want to be there to bring up their families with the natural beauty of the chase, open space and access for all sorts of activities including walking, biking, and running, not forgetting plenty of playing for the kids and dogs. Barriers on tracks were... Continue reading

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  • General comments

    by P James, 5 months ago

    I would have preferred this to be a comments box - not a 'Story' - however....I have been visiting the Chase for around 55 years, since I was a child. In my mind, little has changed in that time. Although the state of the old oaks in Brocton Coppice is sad beyond words, these must have been very old trees even when I was a child. I walk my dog, and love the nature and wildlife of the Chase. One of my enduring pleasures is hearing (and often seeing) the first cuckoo. This used to be around 21st April, but... Continue reading

  • Gates can be locked.

    by Paul, 5 months ago

    My father in the 1950's would regularly drive our family to Cannock Chase from Willenhall. We would park off the road high above Sherbrooke Valley, picnic, climb trees and play ball games. I had an uncle who would drive during the summer months in his 1949 Vauxhall Velox to the same spot each Sunday after church. To us children Cannock Chase was a wilderness of huge proportions and short of travelling to Wales or the Long Mynd was one of the few places in the midlands where there were no fenced boarders or denied access. I am now lucky enough... Continue reading

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  • Look forward not backwards

    by nofences, 5 months ago

    Cannock Chase is a splendid area of outstanding natural beauty and has been for many years. Those who use the Chase are very proud of it. The intention now is to fence it off and put cattle on it.

    Yes, it can be argued that way back in the 1900's, or indeed earlier, sheep were kept on the chase and grazed. Therefore, fencing would have been used to retain the sheep then.  One would question, therefore, what all the fuss is about; are we not just reverting to what worked in the past?

    As a modern... Continue reading

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  • A Natural Freedom

    by loveroffreedom, 6 months ago

    Cannock Chase has always been freely accessible without fencing and should remain so.  The idea of enclosing the Country Park  with fencing and access gates is abhorrent.  It will be like an open prison.The  first consultation was not properly publicised otherwise you would have had many many more replies than 25 or 11online replies.   It beggars belief that a decision was made to go to a second consultation.  Please think again.

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  • From Peace to Popularity.

    by DogWalker, 6 months ago

    I have loved Cannock Chase for over 40 years. Firstly as a young Mum new in the area, with toddlers, going for picnics and walks with our dog. There was freedom for the children to explore and appreciate nature. We would pick and eat fruit, visit ponds to look at tadpoles, dragonflies and water boatmen. We could always discover something new. It was easy to find little hidden nooks and glades for our picnics. We would be alone and peaceful, rarely seeing another visitor.

    Now my kids are all grown up and I am elderly, slow with walking difficulties, but... Continue reading