Privacy Notice

National Trails Sustainable Engagement Survey 2023

First published October 2023

The National Trails Sustainable Engagement surveys are commissioned by Natural England. They are being run by the Lake District Foundation (LDF), on behalf of Natural England. This work is based on two pilot areas: the Tyne to Tees section of the King Charles III England Coast Path (KCIII ECP) and the Coast to Coast Path National Trail. Durham Heritage Coast (DHC) have been subcontracted to assist with the KCIII ECP part of the pilot.

We will use the data collected in this survey to better understand how to manage the Trails to benefit local communities and businesses. The data collected will be used to inform the development of a more sustainable funding model for National Trails. If participants choose to provide their contact details, LDF may get in touch for further comment about the Trails to support this research.

Data Controller

LDF is the data controller for the personal data collected in this survey and manages the data sharing with Natural England and DHC. LDF will have access to the personal data for the duration of their contractual arrangement with Natural England (until 31st March 2024) in order to conduct research and analysis, before providing an anonymised report to Natural England.

Only authorised staff in LDF, Natural England and the DHC team will have access to personal information collected and they are obliged to respect its confidentiality. We do not sell, rent, or exchange any personal information supplied by you to any third party and no information is used for direct marketing or other non-research activities.

If you agree to supply your contact details for further discussion regarding the pilot, we (The Lake District Foundation) will share those details with Natural England who will contact you.

Personal data

UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) defines personal data as information which can be used to identify individuals or indirectly identify individuals in combination with other information. We are committed to protecting your personal information and respecting your privacy. When designing and executing this survey research, it is our policy to take all necessary steps to ensure that the personal information you provide is processed fairly and lawfully.

In obtaining your cooperation to participate in the survey, we will not mislead you in any way about the nature of the research we are conducting, the way in which the data is collected and the use that will be made of the survey results.

All survey questions are optional for participants, but we may ask for the voluntary disclosure of the following:

  • Information relating to your location (distance from the Trail and name of your town)
  • Information relating to your business (number of employees and industry sector)

On completing this survey, you will be asked if you would like to submit your email address for further comment on the Trail. This will only be used for research purposes and will be stored separately from your survey responses to ensure your anonymity.

Using your data

The legal basis for processing your data comes under Article 6 of the UK General Data Protection Regulation1:

6(1)(e) processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

The task undertaken by this research is to gather information from local community and business contacts related to the use, management, and maintenance of the two National Trails. The data will be used to identify opportunities to maximise local engagement with the Trails to benefit local communities and businesses. 

Keeping data secure

LDF will store data in accordance with UK GDPR. LDF’s full privacy policy is available here: https://www.lakedistrictfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/GDPR-Policies-Updated-12.03.2018.pdf

Survey data will be collected using Microsoft Forms and encrypted at rest and in transit. There is more information about their security measures available here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/office/security-and-privacy-in-microsoft-forms-7e57f9ba-4aeb-4b1b-9e21-b75318532cd9

Your rights

By law, data subjects have Information Rights. Please note, we will be unable to link data to individuals who do not supply their email address. Subject to some legal exceptions, your rights as data subjects are:

  1. The right to get copies of information you provide.
  2. The right to ask for any information held about you that you think is inaccurate, to be corrected.
  3. The right to limit how the information is used – you have the right to ask for any of the information held about you to be restricted, for example, if you think inaccurate information is being used.
  4. The right to object to the information being used – you can ask for any information held about you to not be used.
  5. The right to get information deleted.

Further Information

If you have any questions about your information rights, please contact [email protected]



1General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Intersoft Consulting.  Available via: https://gdpr-info.eu/art-6-gdpr/


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