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IMG_8734Disabled carriage drivers now have more scope to enjoy their sport after a new route was opened in the Marlborough Downs yesterday (Tuesday 2 September).

Farmers in the Marlborough Downs Nature Improvement Area (MDNIA) have upgraded 2.2km of tracks for the disabled drivers.

Former chief of the general staff — the professional head of the British army — General Sir Mike Jackson opened the route.

IMG_8593“This driving route provides a remarkable opportunity for anyone with a disability as they can access the Marlborough Downs and experience its stunning surroundings within the peace of a horse-drawn carriage,” he said.

Bryony Fuller, one of the first to drive the route said: “I simply treasure the time I spend with the driving group. It allows me to get out in the fresh air and experience the breath-taking Marlborough Downs whilst also meeting with likeminded people.”

Marlborough Downs for disabled communitiesFunding for the resurfacing came from the MDNIA, a partnership between farmers, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust and Wiltshire Council.

Additional funding was provided by the landfill communities fund and local grants.

More information on the MDNIA