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Forestry Commission gets tough on riders
Says Maudie Mo:-
I was interested to read the response by the FC which raises more questions than answers.
That says it all really and for an organisation which publish 'Equality
and Diversity' as,"respecting and valueing the benefits
that diversity brings. So that whoever we work with and whatever
services we provide, everyone deserves to be included and valued
regardless of their ethnicity, age , gender, sexual orientation or
faith, and whether or not they have a disability" we can
only wonder how they can justify making a few country people pay
to use the open public space on their doorstep and at the same time
provide absolutely nothing for that payment. Many of these
people will fit the "special characteristics" recognised
in their publication entitled 'Diverse Woodlands, Diverse communities".
It could be said that the Forestry Commission in this part of the country is nothing if not hypocritical.
Yours sincerely, Maudie Mo
The forestry commission is a quango and should go. We need better managers for our forests who do not discriminate
Why should riders have to pay to gain access to areas that are free to everybody else? It is not fair and just another way of taxing riders. What is the reason (according to the Forestry Commision) for taxing riders? Surely there must be a good reason for this???? or not?
When are horse riders really going to start pulling together NATIONALLY as a group with a united voice in order to prevent this sort of thing? We have been driven off the roads, driven off pavements even though they are obviously safer than the roads, given no regard whatsoever for our safety or our horses' safety, there is no consideration from other 'countryside' users such as those who blast off fireworks willy-nilly all the year round, off-roaders and cyclists, dog owners.
I used to ride in Central Park New York and found it a lot more enjoyable and safer than any rural riding in this country. What a sad indictment this is for our nation.
Says Basils mum
I live right by the forest and walk in the forest once or twice a day. I see no reason why riders can not use the forest and think that that permit system is unnecessary. It is very expensive. I ride in the Bourne Woods and Frensham regularly and I see no damage caused by horses so it is only a money making exercise. I do ride on the bridleway through the middle sometimes which is always a good spook lesson for my young horse as we negotiate past the playgrounds! We must keep using this path or they will try and close that too!
For good public relations, the FC should manage horse riding in Alice Holt in the same manner in which it manages walking & cycling - or does it manage the numbers of walkers or cyclists? Collectively walkers & cyclists must cause damage. Do the walkers & cyclists walk & ride through the muddy clay soils......? What paths have been put down for them and how have they been paid for?
The FC needs to take a look at its discriminatory policies. But perhaps all these issues will disappear if the Forest is sold off and there are redundancies of FC staff.
"I don't know why we find this so suprising.
"They are about to sell off the forestry and want to sell it as a going concern - no matter that this is all highly discriminatory and unprofitable by way of permit production and general policing."
" However, less outcry, more action - how many of those affected have taken the time to solicit support from their parish, borough / district, County Councillors or better still, petition your Local MP and get him to write to the Chief Exec of Forest Enterprise with the salient questions of how much it actually costs to run such a scheme and the facts that it is highly discriminatory (unless they are bringing in permits to walk and cycle over the land as well) and also WHY."
"FE have always liked to say horses damage the routes through the forest but we all know that a wheeled vehicle (including cycles) cause more damage on non-sealed surfaces and can prove it (take a tray of dirt, a jug of water and a little thin wheel to show them and then point out that a hoof is in and out without that continuous water flow effect."
" Until we start to use statutory instruments / procedures we are simply terriers yapping in a wasteland."