UK countryside minister Elliot Morley has invited views on the future of farmland access grants. Grants for public access to otherwise private farmland have been available since 1991 under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme and since 1994 under the Environmentally Sensitive Areas Scheme. Between them, the two schemes have increased opportunities for the public to enjoy the countryside and currently provide over 800 miles of permissive footpaths, as well as 14,000 hectares of open access, and special educational access to farms for schools and colleges.