Green Road Conservation Strategy

Green Road Conservation Strategy

Wiltshire TRF is a regional group of the Trail Riders Fellowship and supports TRF in pursuit of their aims and objectives. Since 1970, the Trail Riders Fellowship has been helping motorcyclists responsibly and sensitively access our network of Green Roads. We believe that the countryside is for the enjoyment of everyone, and work on behalf of our members to ensure that trail riding continues to be a traditional of countryside pursuit within Wiltshire.

Our vision for trail riding in Wiltshire is that by 2020;

  • Green Road users will continue to enjoy a sustainable and well managed network of Green Roads across Wiltshire.
  • There will be no further reduction in the quality and mileage of that network.
  • Responsible, lawful and sustainable trail riding will be universally recognized as a legitimate activity by other user groups and public bodies in Wiltshire.
  • Our partnership working will be recognized as a significant and nationally recognized contribution to the successful improvement of Wiltshire’s Green Road network.

We will achieve this vision by;

  1. Promoting trail riding as a healthy and responsible activity, that adds economic and social value to the local community and is one of a number of legitimate methods of enjoying the Countryside Access Network.
  2. Working in partnership with Wiltshire Council, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, other public bodies and other user groups, where there is mutual recognition of our respective aims.
  3. Playing a pro-active, positive and partnership role in support of the Wiltshire Countryside Access Forum.
  4. Seeking to help Wiltshire Council achieve relevant actions contained within the Wiltshire Countryside Access Improvement Plan 2015-2025.
  5. Seeking to help Wiltshire Council achieve relevant actions contained within the Wiltshire Local Transport Plan 2011-2026 – Powered Two Wheeler Strategy.
  6. Pursuing claims for Definitive Map Modification Orders, where appropriate.
  7. Monitoring the condition and signing of the Green Road network in Wiltshire and liaising with Wiltshire Council and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, in reporting issues and supporting maintenance of that Network.
  8. Recommending Voluntary Restraint to our members, in situations where Wet Voluntary Restraint and/or Voluntary Restraint is considered to be justified in accordance with the test developed by the Land Access Recreation Association.
  9. Supporting partner organisations in implementing proportional, least restrictive Traffic Regulations Orders, which do not impose unjustified restrictions on TRF members. Wiltshire TRF will also support TRF Ltd in challenging misuse of TRO powers to impose unjust restrictions on TRF members.
  10. Encouraging best practice trail riding having regard to the TRF Code of Conduct, Salisbury Plain Training Area Guidelines, Countryside Code etc.
  11. Investigating any alleged contravention of the TRF Code of Conduct and any act that could impact upon the reputation of Wiltshire TRF. Where appropriate, we will guide and offer advice to the member[s] concerned and in exceptional circumstances, make recommendation to TRF Ltd for suspension or withdrawal of national membership.
  12. Encouraging Members to report illegal activities encountered on the trail to the relevant authorities.

Responsibility for leading the implementation of this strategy rests with Committee Members and specifically our Road Conservation Officer. However, every member of Wiltshire TRF Group has a role in the implementation of the strategy.
This strategy will be promoted through the Wiltshire TRF welcome to new members letter, our website and Forum.
Members will be routinely updated on progress during the year and progress will be formally reported at each Annual General Meeting.

26th January 2017/KJ/WTRF Committee