New gates which will provide easier access for scooter and wheelchair and scooter users have been unveiled near Ashley Green.

The gates at Hockeridge Woods were installed after a combined campaign from the Disabled Ramblers, the Chesham Walkers are Welcome and the Buckingham Local Access Forum.

They had all been concerned that the existing gates were difficult to use for those in wheelchairs and scooters. After receiving a grant from Chiltern District Council, the new gates were purchased.

The new gates, which are in addition to existing pedestrian gates, can be used by anyone with a RADAR key – the National Key Scheme supported by around 400 local authorities.

Andrew Clark, from Chesham Walkers are Welcome said: "I'm really delighted that this project has been completed as it will provide a true woodland adventure. Hockeridge Wood is a lovely place that should be appreciated by all."

RFS Chief Executive Simon Lloyd says: “Woodland is increasingly recognised not just for the timber it can produce and the biodiversity it supports but for the health and wellness benefits it provides to all who spend time in them.

“Hockeridge and Pancake woods have always been well used by local people and we are delighted they are now more accessible to even more people.”

Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council Deputy Leader and Local Member for Ashley Green, said: "A great deal of laudable local voluntary work goes into managing Hockeridge Wood and preserving it as a lovely place to walk and enjoy. I'm delighted the Donate a Gate scheme has extended this enjoyment to those who rely on wheelchairs and mobility scooters."