The Thames Chase Trust had great pleasure in welcoming the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP (Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and Julia Lopez MP (Hornchurch and Upminster) to the Thames Chase Forest Centre, the home of Thames Chase Community Forest.
The Board of Trustees shared and promoted the work of the Thames Chase Trust in managing the 40sq miles of the Community Forest and its Thames Chase Plan. Particular emphasis was placed on the importance of providing ‘access for all’ to the green environment and the relationship between the Thames Chase Plan and HM Government’s 25 Year Plan to ‘Improve the Environment’.
During the visit, the Secretary of State officially opened the adapted bathroom and associated facilities. This valuable project has been delivered in partnership with Positive Parents - a parent forum in Havering representing children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and with the cycling charity, TrailNet. The Minister also had the opportunity to try out one of the adapted bicycles.
The Minister celebrated his visit by planting a tree from the Thames Chase Community Tree Nursery that is also being adapted to facilitate maximum access and before departing, thanked the Community Forest trustees, staff, volunteers, and partner organisations for an inspirational visit.