Protecting our Forests
Further to the Independent Panel on Forestry's.repor of last year which recognised the importance of access and that the forests should be secured for the nation for the long term.

DEFRA has announced in Jan 2013 announced that a new public body is to be established that will will protect forests for future generations.
See ForestryProposals

Free Riding in SW Forests
The Forestry Commission no longer requires riders to have a permit. Click Here for details


Paths for Communities grant scheme
This £2M DEFRA scheme is now drawing to a close. The scheme provided grants for new bridleways. However the scheme did require cooperation from landowners in dedicating routes.

There has been signifcant interest in this scheme and three bridleway projects have gone forward and are complete or nearly complete. It is understood that the scheme is not being continued in the next financial year.

Floods and Cuts
Many of our bridleways have been severely damaged by this winter's extreme rainfall for a second year

At the same time the funding of many Council's Rights of Way Departments is being drastically reduced. We have yet to see the full impact on our condition of bridleways.

Deterioration of their condition now seems more likely than improvement over time.

Access News for your County

Click and display your county page and then click BHS Access News. There is also a Local News and Information feature where you can directly submit news for your own area.

Welcome to the Website of the British Horse Society volunteers for the South West Region

The South West Region covers Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset. Somerset, Devon and Cornwall and including the former County Area of Avon.

For Information and news on Access and Bridleways in each County or Unitary area: Please see County Pages on Side Menu (left).


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