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News From The Jasmine Trust

2nd of February 2005

At last our much-needed Langley Road Horse Track is open. It took longer than we expected to put the works into action but so far everyone who has used it is delighted, so it has been worth the wait.
Many thanks to Chipperfield Parish Council and Hertfordshire Highways for their support and much needed funding. Highways did a fantastic job of clearance and landscaping. We would also like to thank the Chess Valley Riding Association, The Morton Trust, OBH North Pony Club, The British Horse Society and all the riders and members of the public for their incredible generosity. It has cost about £10,000 to complete the works and at the beginning of the project it seemed that we were over ambitious to even think about raising this amount.
We would also like to thank John Saunders for donating a piece of his land so that we could extend the track a little further. This enables the horses to keep away from the traffic a little longer and vastly improves the visibility for riders when leaving the track.
Chipperfield Parish Council have obtained a grant from the Countryside Management Service to pay for a new hedge between the track and the road and to fill in the gaps in the existing old hedge. The new hedge will take a few years to become established but it will screen the track from the road, be safer for both horses and traffic and look attractive as well.
Hertfordshire Highways have indicated that it may be possible to extend the surfacing on the track later this year but whether or not this happens, I am sure that both riders and car drivers will notice an enormous difference in safety when travelling along the Langley Road. Happy and safe riding. Tina Robinson

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