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Best Foot Forward: Fisher German Supports the New National Forest Long Distance Trail

Tuesday, 13th November 2012

Getting the map out: Fisher German announces its support for the National Forest long distance trail

Fisher German LLP has announced its support for the creation of a new long distance trail through The National Forest. The new route is currently under development and is expected to be open for walkers in 2014.

The well-known firm of land agents has a long association with the Forest, and this collaboration will enable the National Forest Company and its local authority partners to carry out the installation and repair of stiles and other footpath infrastructure, and waymark the entire route, which covers nearly 75 miles through the three counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

Andrew Bridge, Partner at Fisher German LLP said “As a business that has been actively involved in the creation of The National Forest since 1995, we are proud to support this ambitious and challenging project. The trail will provide connectivity links for locals, allow visitors to experience different landscapes and, for the hardened walker, no doubt the 75 mile walk will be a 24 hour challenge!”

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company, said: “This very generous sponsorship will guarantee that the route is in the best of conditions when the trail opens. As a walker, I know how much it means for everyone enjoying the route to have the pleasure of seeing the varied countryside unfold before them, without any concerns about losing their way or struggling over wobbly stiles. 

“Many Fisher German staff already know and love The National Forest and there could not be a better collaboration. I look forward to walking the trail with them as soon as it is open.”

The route, which is still being finalised, will start at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, wind its way through the different landscapes of the Forest — Needwood, the Trent Valley, the Parklands and Lowlands of South Derbyshire, the former Midlands Coalfield — before a grand finale in the granite hills of Charnwood, Leicestershire.

The trail will divide into 12 sections, and there will be links off the main route for walkers wanting to visit local towns and villages for other attractions, overnight accommodation or to connect with local transport. It will be designed so that it can be walked in one go over a period of days, or tackled in stages for those who want a less strenuous undertaking.

The National Forest is a forest in the making. Eight million trees have been planted, creating over 400 woodlands throughout its 200 square miles. It is the boldest environmentally-led regeneration project in the country, using all the benefits trees bring in order to improve the quality of life for local communities, for wildlife and for the local economy.

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Photo from left: Richard Benson, Partner and Sector Head Planning & Construction, Fisher German; Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive, National Forest Company; Andrew Bridge, Partner and Sector Head Utilities & Infrastructure, Fisher German.