Following Churchhill Fellowship awardee Ben Trewren on exploring the world best of ‘Shared-use’ Trails

I spent all day with Mitch, an Alpine Ranger, on the Rainbow Trail. What makes this trail unique is that it makes its way through Whistler’s watershed. In fact, every drop of water we saw is Whistler’s drinking water. I was really encouraged that the community has been able to appreciate that you can still recreate in such an ‘important’ area.

I spent all day with Mitch, an Alpine Ranger, on the Rainbow Trail. What makes this trail unique is that it makes its way through Whistler’s watershed. In fact, every drop of water we saw is Whistler’s drinking water. I was really encouraged that the community has been able to appreciate that you can still recreate in such an ‘important’ area.

Walking SA Board member and Churchill Fellowship recipient Ben Trewren is currently travelling and undertaking an investigation into how engaging people in outdoor trails can assist in building community through world-class ‘shared-use’ trail and outdoor experiences.

In 2018 Ben was awarded the Terry Lavender Scholarship and hopes to honour Terry’s legacy by harnessing the opportunity to uncover new ideas, attitudes and implementation strategies to further the profile and accessibility of outdoor recreation trails for all types of users.

Ben is currently travelling through Canada, having been through New Zealand and some of the United States, and will continue on to the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the Netherlands to speak to, explore and learn from the best in the outdoor industry.

In his Week One blog post from New Zealand, Ben shared how he observed a every stakeholder in a trail considers that they have a role to play – whether they be the national government, local councils, peak bodies, commercial operators, recreation clubs, community groups and the everyday users themselves.

In his Week Two post from Canada, he shared how we have perhaps attached ourselves to the idea that we’re entitled to everything the outdoors offers us. Whether it be landscapes, trails, scenic areas or facilities, and that we shirk the responsibility to give back by sharing it and inspiring other people.

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