Angus Local Access Forum

Angus Local Access Forum is an independent advisory group, set up in 2005 to give advice on access rights and other outdoor access matters.

Local access forums were set up across Scotland as a requirement of the Land Reform Legislation.

The forum membership has a balance of people representing access users, land managers, community and public agencies.

We currently have vacancies for community representatives. If you are interested in becoming a member please email


The current members are:


  • Barbara Thompson ‒ involved in a range of organisations from Community Councils to hill walking and sea kayaking groups to wildlife groups
  • Meg Mearns – has wide-ranging experience of rural life including as a small landowner, education, and various community organisations
  • Mairi Simms – has experience of disability access and introducing people to the outdoors.


  • John Hamilton ‒ a long time member of Scotways with responsibility for the Angus area
  • Fiona Waddell - has a particular interest in horse riding
  • Nick Hamilton - has a particular interest in walking and hillwalking
  • Irene McGugan - member of Ramblers and actively involved in various walking groups

Land Managers

  • James Gray-Cheape – land owner and farmer. Member of Forfar Community Council, Angus Canoe Club, Rotary Club of Forfar
  • Antony Gifford – lives on and manages an estate near Kirriemuir
  • Euan Walker-Munro - landowner and farmer, NFUS branch chair and community council member
  • John Rymer - farmer and horse livery owner


  • Alan Hunter – development standards manager, Angus Council
  • Mike Strachan - Scottish Forestry representative
  • Scottish Natural Heritage ‒ offer advice upon request

Forum meetings are not normally held in public.

Agendas and minutes