Problems and solutions
With increased housing development in the wider vicinity and a growing human population, the number of people visiting Cannock Chase is likely to increase between 15% – 20% by 2026. With careful management, there will be space for everyone to enjoy the open air and natural beauty of Cannock Chase – even with a growing local population. It will make sure people can still enjoy the Chase as it continues to bring a range of economic and social benefits to our local area.
But more people will bring more pressure onto the protected habitats and wildlife which call Cannock Chase their home. To safeguard the future of Cannock Chase for both wildlife and people we need to improve the visitor infrastructure (such as car parks, footpaths and visitor centres) as soon as possible so we can continue to enjoy the Chase, and wildlife can continue to thrive. We also need to raise awareness and understanding of the vital role visitors can play in protecting this special area.
To make this happen money has been collected from new housing developments built near Cannock Chase solely to be used to fund improvements to the Chase’s visitor infrastructure, provide information and work with site users to help protect the site.