Secure future for our forests great news for UK’s horses, riders and carriage drivers

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The British Horse Society welcomes the Government’s unequivocal statement that a new independent body will be created to hold in trust the nation’s publicly-owned forests for future generations.

Mark Weston, Director of Access, Safety and Welfare said: “We welcome the Government’s commitment to continue to look for ways to improve access to woodlands, particularly in and around our towns and cities. However, it is important also to recognise that access to woodlands in rural areas also needs to be improved.

“It is vital that the project to assess and improve the condition, quality and connectivity of public rights of way for woodland access by foot , cycle and horse results in provision for all those users.”

A link to the report can be found at: www.defra.gov.uk/rural/forestry.

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