Woodland Walk officially opened in memory of Sue Taylor-Green
The Woodland Walk in Leyland was officially opened today (26 August) in memory of one of the founders and chair of the Ulnes Walton Bridleways Association, Sue Taylor Green.
The new bridleway, running from Longmeanygate to Dunkirk Lane, was an idea originated by UWBA and the project was managed, and part funded by South Ribble Borough Council.
The UWBA also attracted funding from The Lancashire Environmental Fund, The British Horse Society, The Harold & Alice Bridges Charity, and C&W Berry Ltd.
The official opening took place nearby Bobby the Horse in Leyland with members of Sue Taylor-Green's family, the Ulnes Walton Bridleways Association and South Ribble Borough Council in attendance to officially open and commemorate the project.
The Woodland Walk is just one of the many ideas Sue left the UWBA to fulfil as they continue to provide safer off-road routes, primarily for horses but for off-road users such as horses, pedestrians and cyclists. Sue chaired the UBWA for 12 years had a lifetime spent with horses, both competing and for pleasure. She was a keen Endurance rider and competed at many National Events. Sue sadly passed away from Cancer in 2018 but continued to chair the UWBA as she fought her battle.
Janet Berry now Chair of UWBA and long-time friend of Sue said: "Personally and on behalf of the Association, we are delighted that the 'Sue's Woodland Walk' in memory of our dear friend has been officially opened.
"Sue was always a pleasure to be around, hardworking, fair, funny, and open minded. We miss her at 'the head of the table', but she left us a long list of things to do and so we continue.
"We hope that the walk provides a safe, off-road route for horses and their riders but also for anybody who wants to make use of it".
The walk begins at Longmeanygate and finishes at Dunkirk Lane and can be used by horses, pedestrians and cyclists.
The new bridleway path took South Ribble Borough Council six weeks to complete and aims to create a more accessible path for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders in the Borough. The pathway is made with a crushed stone that uses recycled road planings finished with a timber edging.
Leader of South Ribble Borough Council, Councillor Paul Foster said: "We understand the need for more non road routes for horses, cyclists and walkers which is why Sue's story touched us so much.
"Working with the Ulnes Walton Bridleway Association has been a pleasure and we always try to fund projects to help our residents and remember those who dedicated their time in our community.
"I encourage everyone to make use of this beautiful Woodland Walk as we hope to fund more projects like this in the future".