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Abberton Reservoir wants to hear from you

10 Jan 2013

Are you a horse owner in Colchester? Do you stable your horse or ride near the Abberton Reservoir? If so, BHS Essex would like to hear from you.

BHS Essex are currently working with Abberton Reservoir in Layer-de-la-Haye, near Colchester and want to hear from anyone who is stabled at a farm or livery yard near the reservoir and/or who rides around it. 

Marlene Curtis, the Access and Bridleways Officer for BHS Essex, said: “Abberton Reservoir is going through some major improvements and we are liaising with them, to eventually change some of the public routes to become official bridleways.”

“There are currently 4km of routes with permission for horse riding from Essex and Suffolk Water, who own the Reservoir but we feel this is not enough for riders and we are campaigning for more. There are 6km of routes put in place already for walkers and cyclists.”    

“However, the BHS have recently been invited to sit on the rights of way committee to speak on behalf of local riders, which is excellent news.”

Recently a new wildlife visitor centre and nature reserve has opened as part of a major expansion and £150m project to more than double the Reservoir’s capacity.

The reservoir expansion, due to be completed in 2015, will see an increase in its footprint by 40% and secure future water supplies for the people of Essex.

BHS Essex are currently looking for volunteers to work alongside Marlene as Access and Bridleway Officers in many areas of the county.

Please call Marlene directly to provide information on where you stable and ride round Abberton Reservoir or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

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