Welcome to the GREEN LANING section.
As of this years AGM that took place at the Land Rover Social Club, Solihull on Tuesday 12th November. I made the decision to step down from the position of Chairman of the club after 3 years and step back and look at other roles that needed filling.
I nominated myself to take on the role of Green Lane Coordinator as I feel there are people within the club that are looking to do this. I understand that out of the vacant roles within the committee this is not a high-profile position to fill but this is all I can commit to at this time with the help of my partner in crime Mike Sharp.
To start the ball rolling I would like you to put a date in the diary for a trip I am looking to do between Christmas and New Year; Sunday 29th December 2019, as this is only around the corner I will be keeping it fairly local in the Warwickshire area so I can look at doing a recce before the proposed date. Some of you may have done these with me in the past but at this time of year with the dark evenings and mornings I will look at using as much of the daylight as possible.
During 2020 I will be looking at going a little further out and possibly making a weekend of it – giving you the choice to join us for the day or staying out for the whole weekend, either camping or at a B&B. Who knows but for now, let’s keep it simple.
Moving along, we do have to be cautious on groups sizes when green laning as we are advised to keep the groups no larger than 6 vehicles per group at a maximum, 4 is the recommended. To make sure we have enough wiling people to lead a group along with me, can I please ask you to either email, text or call me if you are interested so I can give you more details on the day, this way I can keep an eye on numbers as in the past we have had so many people turn up which is great, but then not enough people to lead so we are going against the code of conduct.
As mentioned above I would like to use as much of the day as possible so looking to meet at 09:00 – possibly finishing around 16:00.
This will be a nice little break between Christmas and New Year if you are interested.
To cover the costs in the club we do ask for a small charge of £5 per vehicle.
I am happy to talk to anyone if you have any suggestions of trips you have done or are interested in doing.
Keep your eyes peeled for 2020 dates. Due to working January – March, the first month I will be looking at is April and then possibly alternate months, unless someone wants to run one for the club around February time.
Happy to help prep – just can’t do recce or lead.
For now, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Look forward to seeing you on the 29th December 2019.
Green Lane Coordinator
Midland Rover Owners Club
We expect all of our members to follow our Code of Conduct. It is also a very sensible and logical guide for other people that drive unsurfaced roads.
Use only rights of way with known, proven or provable vehicular rights. If challenged, discuss; if not resolved, and then leave as requested until status is rechecked.
Keep to the defined track. Detour only to pass immovable obstructions. Report any obstructions (including low branches) to the highway authority and the local GLASS Area Representative. Be critical of your own abilities and equipment when assessing an obstruction; it is your right to abate a non-lawful obstruction, but do not commit yourself to a bigger task than you are equipped for.
If the route is not obvious on the ground, ask locally, or check on the maps held at the highway authority offices or consult the local GLASS Area Representative.
Travel at a quiet and unobtrusive pace and as slowly as practicable; we recommend a maximum of 12 mph when in a 4x4 and on an Unsurfaced Right of Way (URoW). Ensure your vehicle is fully road-legal, URoW are subject to the same laws as surfaced roads.
When travelling in groups keep to a small number, four or less in sensitive areas, in other areas up to six vehicles MAY be acceptable. Guidance should be sought from the relevant GLASS Area Representative. Weather and ground conditions should also be taken into account. On routes in good condition, split larger parties up and either use a different route or allow a good interval, at least 30 minutes, to elapse before following. With adverse weather and/or poor ground conditions avoid committing a second group to follow the same route.
Do not travel on URoW when they risk being affected beyond a point of natural recovery once the weather improves. If need be, walk some or the entire route first to determine its suitability. Do not use URoW that maybe damaged by the wheel pressure applied by your vehicle.
Avoid damage to trees, hedgerows and boundaries. Some roads carry vehicular rights but are physically too narrow for 4x4s.
Do not practice recovery techniques on any URoW. Use a winch only with extreme caution, and use only the correct equipment and techniques.
Be courteous to other road users - pull over and stop your vehicle for walkers, but pull over, stop your vehicle and switch off the engine for passing horses. Thank those who move over for you.
After consultations with Country Landowners Association and National Farmers Union HQ’s, “best practice” dictates that gates if they were found to be secured in an open position should be left open and those which are found shut or swinging should be shut behind you; the landowner might appreciate being told about a gate insecurely propped open if you see them.
Keep dogs and children under supervision. Watch out for injured or trapped animals, and report all suspicious events to the landholder.
Guard against all risks of fire. Take your litter home and that left by others if you see it, wherever practicable. Plastic bags can suffocate livestock if swallowed.
Help to keep all water clean. Remember that wildlife faces many threats and URoW are valuable habitats, take special care in spring and early summer. Follow the Country Code, it is for your guidance only.
Be considerate of group sizes at meeting points or food stops.