The major forces behind the success of the Lindsey Trail, a new 69-mile multi-user access route around the Lincolnshire Wolds, were amongst those recognised at the British Horse Society awards in London.
Lincolnshire County Council Countryside Access Team (the public agency which has done the most for equestrian access) and Sheila Brookes (best Carriage Driving Facility) received their awards from the Society’s President Martin Clunes.
Construction of the trail, which was officially opened in June this year, illustrates the dedication and commitment of the Lincolnshire County Council Public Rights of Way and Countryside Access Department to a need for increased safe access to the countryside, through which a variety of people can enjoy differing activities together.
Associated with this has been recognition for a need to develop increased business opportunities within rural areas at a time of continuing economic depression.
Speaking on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council Countryside Access Team, Andrew Savage, Senior Countryside Access Officer said: “The success of the Lindsey Trail goes to demonstrate what can be achieved when public agencies work with the voluntary sector, like the BHS.
“There is a lot of work going on around the country with the implementation of the various rights of way improvement plans, so it is quite an honour that we have picked for this above other county and metropolitan councils.”
Sheila Brookes from Legsby received her award in recognition of her unceasing work and enthusiasm towards the instigation and development of the trail.