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BHS pledges to fight for
equestrian access in forests sell-off

The British Horse Society has pledged its commitment to fight for the future of equestrian access to public forests.

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Equestrian access to thousands of acres of England’s forests could be lost if public forests are sold off as part of the Government's efforts to plug the national deficit.

As it stands, horse riders have access to just 22 percent of public rights of way and horse-drawn vehicle drivers a mere five percent - therefore the loss of any other safe off-road riding opportunities in our forests would be devastating for equestrians if access is not preserved.

The Society’s Director of Access, Safety and Welfare, Mark Weston, said: “If there is to be a sale of any forest it is important that access for equestrians is secured for future generations before any such sale takes place - if that cannot be assured then we would oppose any sale vigorously.

“Now is the time for riders to make their voices heard. It is important that all equestrians respond to the consultation to ensure that equestrian access to our forests is preserved.”

The Society is urging all riders to join them in their campaign. Anyone who wishes to be kept up-to-date with the Society’s progress should email, with the subject title ‘count me in’.

The BHS also supports the 38 degrees petition and and encourage equestrians, and anyone else who is concerned by the Government's proposals, to sign the petition and make their voice heard.

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