Cash boost to improve paths through woods

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Paths around a Sheffield woodland are to be improved for disabled horse riders, walkers and cyclists thanks to a cash boost.

Improvements to Lady Canning’s Plantation in Ringinglow are to be made with a grant from Natural England’s Paths for Communities scheme, delivered through the Rural Development Programme England.

The £15,000 funding – matched by the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham and Hallam Riders – will help create a new multi-user bridleway through the woodland.

The route follows the existing forest track from the car park up to Jumble Road.

Plans include a loop which has been designed specifically for disabled riders.

The new bridleway will complement a mountain biking route which Ride Sheffield are developing.

Improvements will also be made to a bridleway along a public footpath through Blacka Moor nature reserve, that will link statutory bridleways and allow riders to avoid the main road.

Work is being carried out by Sheffield Council and the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham.

Annabelle Kennedy, living landscape manager at the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham, said: “This is a great example of successful partnership working between a local authority, a charity and user groups, with support from local businesses too.

“These wonderful woods can now be enjoyed by more people.”