The Forest of Dean Riders & Carriage Drivers Association are a voluntary group campaigning for better access for horse riders and carriage drivers throughout the Forest of Dean District from Dymock in the North to Tidenham in the South. Here is their latest news:
“Philip Cooke (consultant for our bridleways project) has been meeting landowners and explaining what we hope to achieve. Most have been extremely helpful and even suggesting routes that would be better for the project. By early February we should have written confirmation from some landowners of their willingness to support the development of new routes.
Philip has also had several meetings with Phil Morton of the Forestry Commission about the proposed routes and whilst we cannot tell you about developments yet, as negotiations are still on-going, we hope to have some exciting news to share with you soon.
One of the big issues at the moment is the proposed sell-off of Forestry Commission estate nationally. Remember, if land where you ride or carriage drive at the moment is sold, then you may have no future rights of access. So please make your views known by emailing Mark Harper MP (firstname.lastname@example.org) or writing to him at the House of Commons.. No-one seems to keep any data but we all know how important the forests are to us….. you need to make your voice heard now.” Jenny Carling