Natural Resources Wales (NRW) who manage seven per cent of Wales’ land area including woodlands, National Nature Reserves and flood defences and leading equestrian charity, The British Horse Society (BHS) have today (24 July) partnered to sign an agreement that promotes greater equestrian access across NRW managed land.
The agreement which took place at the Royal Welsh Show, Llanelwedd will enable the organisations to work in partnership to promote routes that are easily accessible to equestrians, whilst working together to identify and prioritise development and source funding to carry out future work.
In Wales, one in four adults will experience a mental health disorder during their lifetime and studies suggest that spending time outdoors and being surrounded by nature can significantly improve a person’s wellbeing. Following the Welsh Government Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015, NRW have recognised the importance of their vast off-road network and are encouraging people to use it for recreational activities, including horse riding and carriage driving.
Mark Weston, Director of Access at The British Horse Society said “We are thrilled to be working alongside Natural Resources Wales to promote routes that horse riders can use, making it easier for equestrians to find places to ride. As vulnerable road users, horse riders and carriage drivers face considerable dangers on our roads and the need for safer off road riding opportunities has never been greater By promoting responsible and considerate use, we hope that all users and parties involved will benefit from this opportunity.”
The agreement will be reviewed in 2024 and thereafter every five years.
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