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Countryside overview

Staffordshire is a beautiful rural county of scenic contrast, stretching from the Gritstone Hills on the edge of the Peak District National Park, to the flood plains of the river Trent, to the edge of the West Midlands conurbation. The area includes the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the National Forest, together with the Forest of Mercia, a community forest.

We aim to provide members of the public with the chance to sample the variety of Staffordshire countryside via an estate of approximately 6000 acres of country parks, open spaces and greenways, together with a public rights of way network of approximately 2500 miles.

A series of country trails and promoted routes are available to encourage use of the path network. A series of circular walks centred on the Staffordshire Way. This series of walks were produced with the assistance of the Ramblers Association.

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Latest environment news
Planning application for onsite parking at Walleys Quarry now live

Planning application for onsite parking at Walleys Quarry now live

Description
A planning application to allow waste carrying vehicles to park on an internal road at Walleys Quarry, Newcastle, is now live and able to view on the county council's website.
Date:
29 July 2022
One tonne plastic bottle display shows environmental impact

One tonne plastic bottle display shows environmental impact

Description
Families in Newcastle got the chance to see a one tonne installation of plastic bottles in a new campaign to highlight the impact of plastic on the environment.The installation by the Guildhall Clock Tower contained 25,000 plastic bottles and was used to help people visualise how much plastic is thrown away in Staffordshire and encourage people to correctly reduce, reuse and recycle.
Date:
22 July 2022
Extra funding for projects that help tackle climate change

Extra funding for projects that help tackle climate change

Description
Communities across Staffordshire are set to benefit from an extra £91,500 funding for projects that help tackle climate change or protect the environment.
Date:
15 July 2022
Webcam plan for recycling sites

Webcam plan for recycling sites

Description
Cameras will be introduced this year at Staffordshire's 14 household waste recycling centres so users can see how busy they are before setting off - all part of a county council investment and refurbishment plan.
Date:
31 May 2022

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