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Scheme to open new Forest of Dean trails wins award

Posted on 20th January 2014

An innovative scheme called the Greenways Project, which saw 55 miles of new trails opened in the Forest of Dean, has been completed and has also just won a national award.

The project has seen a host of fresh pathways opened up in the area for horse riders, cyclists and walkers to enjoy – many of them being close-by to a number of affordable holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean area.

Jenny Carling, who has been one of the main organisers of the scheme, received the Access Achievement Award from the British Horse Society’s director of access, Mark Weston, this month.

The plan was first thought of back in 2005 and, since those early discussions took place, the development of the new trails and paths has gradually been realised.

Discussing the scheme, Carling told a local newspaper, “At the beginning it all seemed so simple, but the reality of bringing this project to fruition was so different. I am so pleased that the committee stuck with it and the outcome has been so terrific.”

Image Credit: Montgomery County Planning Commission (flickr.com)