Horse riders, carriage drivers, walkers and cyclists are now able to enjoy a previously unusable byway in Ardeley, Hertfordshire following repair works to a muddy and particularly difficult section of the roman road.
Back in the winter of 2018, this a section of the Back Lane byway became extremely difficult to navigate with horse riders regularly sinking deep into thick mud. Upon investigation, it was discovered that a drainage pipe situated below the surface had broken and was in need of repair.
In order to repair the damage, the surface needed to be removed to allow the drainage pipe to be exposed and replaced, before the area could then be re-filled and resurfaced.
The repair work was only possible due to generous funding and donations from Hertfordshire County Council, The British Horse Society’s Paths for Communities Fund and The British Horse Society’s Hertfordshire Committee.
A total of £3,900 was put forward for the project, £172 of which was gained through Amazon Smile donations. By using Amazon Smile, 0.5% of the net purchase price of all eligible purchases will be donated to a charitable organisation of your choice. To find out how you can help support the work of the BHS through your Amazon purchases, visit smile.amazon.co.uk.
The work carried out on Back Lane in Arderley is the perfect example of the huge impact donations, of any size, can have on securing and protecting access opportunities for not only horse riders and carriage drivers, but also cyclists and walkers.
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