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The Forest of Dean District Horse Riders & Carriage Drivers Association
has been established to improve facilities and access for equestrian activities in the Forest of Dean and district.
We intend providing a voice for equestrianism in the area, promoting access to the forest, bridleways and other riding and driving opportunities.
Horse riding and carriage driving are traditional features of forest and country life, but their needs, such as suitable tracks, road crossings etc., have been poorly understood and badly catered for. This is because there has never been a body able to put forward the views and needs of the local equestrian community.
The Association will only get the attention of the Forestry Commision, Local Councils and funding bodies, if it is seen to be representative of people involved in equestrian activity in the area.
The Association plans to survey issues concerning the community, hold annual meetings and send out newsletters
Working with Forest of Dean Riding Club we are helping them on a range of issues including access to May Hill in the North of the District, discussions with the Forestry Commission on a closed stone track that riders had used in the past, and the possibility of opening up a new right of way across farmland with the farmer's support. More on this as the discussions proceed
BHS Access Achievement Award Presented in Gloucestershire
Jenny Carling, former chairman of the FODHR&CDA, was presented with an Access Achievement Award by The British Horse Society to recognise her commitment and dedication to the Forest of Dean Greenways project. The presentation was made by BHS Director of Access, Mark Weston, at a ceremony that took place at Jenny’s home in Newent, Gloucestershire in early January.
Jenny was nominated by fellow members of the FODHR&CDA, a British Horse Society Affiliated Bridleway Group, for her management of the Forest of Dean Greenways Project. She took the project from inception to fruition, including fundraising applications, acting as unpaid Client Manager, negotiating through numerous difficulty stages of the project and supervising all project processes, activities and contracts.
Alongside doing all of this, Jenny held the role of Chairman of the FODHR&CDA from the formation of the group in 2005 to the completion of the Forest of Dean Greenways Project in September 2013.
Thanks to Jenny’s unwavering dedication, riders in Gloucestershire now have access to four new off-road routes or ‘greenways’. These are The Dymock Greenway, The Huntley Greenway, The Hope Wood Greenway and The Blakeney Greenway and Carriage Driving Circuit.
Jenny said: “Being presented with this award is delightful and I feel privileged to receive it. I couldn't have created the Forest of Dean Greenways alone and I would like to thank everyone who helped me.”
New Facebook page
There is now a Facebook page for you to follow - click Forest of Dean Riders & Carriage Drivers Association