DEDICATION and hard work to open 55 new miles of trails across the Forest of Dean has been rewarded.
The recently completed Greenways project has seen new routes for horse riders, cyclists and walkers opened up around the district.
Jenny Carling has been the leading light behind the project and received an award from the British Horse Society in person at the beginning of the month.
The Access Achievement Award recognises the work of the whole scheme.
Mark Weston, director of access for the society, handed it to Jenny, who has just stepped down as chairman of the Forest of Dean Greenway Association.
The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty helped bring the scheme to fruition and a spokesman said: “Jenny, together with a small group of local horse riding and carriage driving enthusiasts, engaged with Gloucestershire County Council, the Forestry Commission and other agencies to explore how local riders could obtain better access to Gloucestershire’s fragmented network of bridleways and other off-road tracks suitable for horse riding and other leisure users.”
The project has been realised after first talks were held in 2005.
Jenny said: “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 terriffic.”
Nikki Moore has taken over the chairmanship of the group from Jenny. She said: “Jenny’s boots are giant ones to fill but we have a dedicated team working really hard to fulfil our new objectives.”
See fodgreenways.co.uk for more information.