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|Hodgemoor Woods is a Site of Special Scientific Interest between Amersham, Chalfont St.Giles and Seer Green. For us it's an area of outstanding natural beauty, flora & fauna, funky great oaks, dedicated horse trails and lots of walking. The Forestry Commission (01296 625825) does what it can on limited budgets to maintain the woods, but depends on its users in the form of associations like ours to help with maintenance.
Horse riders: The riding trails in Hodgemoor Wood are maintained by the Hodgemoor Riding Association for the Forestry Commission. Since 2000 the Hodgemoor Riding Association has raised over £100,000 for renovating the paths in the woods and for off-road access. We have also generated a new bridleway and four new permissive trails... 3000 metres of new track costing £36 per metre! The two pictures above are the same place, the Spring Link, before and after our work. Amazing. The objective has been to keep horses on their allocated paths and to free the wood from extensive areas of mud in winter. This makes the wood a nicer place for walkers and ramblers, and indeed, the Association was honoured by the British Horse Society's Access Award 2005 for the success of their work. As of 1 April 2008 it is compulsory to be a member of the Association to use the permissive trails in the wood. Membership includes sponsored rides, Le Trec, cross-country jumping, demonstrations and other events, access to Thames Valley Horse Watch information (on the web), your map of the woods and the 3-yearly e-newsletter.
In addition to raising funds for the trails through club subscriptions and events, riders volunteer to do the work; here's a dozen of us in late November 2014, digging out mud off two sections of Susie's Loop and maintaining drains to keep ther water from settling where horses go.
Warning. 31 October 2014. Sycamore deaths. See our section on health.
The Association welcomes discussions with authorities and the Parish Councils of Chalfont St Giles, Seer Green (in which Hodgemoor Woods are situated) and Jordans with a view to establishing a bridlepath or permissive trail from Jordans to Seer Green to enable walkers, cyclists and riders to avoid the extremely dangerous Twitchells Lane at the North (CSG) end. This long-hoped-for improvement might take form under the aegis of the 2011 Localism Bill and the Neighbourhood Plans being discussed in 2014 by each village.
You must be a member of the Hodgemoor Riding Association to ride on the permissive trails in Hodgemoor Woods (download the map here). Click here to see a membership application form and standing order form. You can pay your subscription, an event entry fee, use of the X-Country field, or a donation with your PayPal account; select the option from the drop-downs then click on the Pay or Subscribe button. But please make sure you send your completed membership application form or event entry form at the same time so we know who the payment is from.
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