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Forestry Commission settles YouTube dispute

We were just about to pack up and hit the commute home, and this email has just arrived from the Forestry Commission, too important to leave until Monday.

Remember that YouTube video a while back on 4 January, involving an ‘altercation’ between a mountain biker and a FC worker? Well the FC clearly took the matter seriously and launched an investigation.

Both the mountain biker and the contractor were interviewed about the incident, which happened on a live harvesting site where appropriate closure signs were in place.

Both parties acknowledged an element of fault and regretted that the incident took place, and neither wished to pursue the matter further.

An FC spokesperson comments: “We believe that we have responded appropriately and do not consider it necessary to take any further action in relation to this incident.

“In managing the public forests of Wales, Forestry Commission Wales must constantly balance the interests of visitors with those for whom the forest is a place of work. Our prime consideration has to be safety and to this end we would ask cyclists and walkers to comply with safety signs and closure notices.

“We are looking to reduce the inconvenience caused to our visitors when trails are closed by scheduling and organising essential operations in ways that minimise the need for trail closures in future.

“We will also aim to make more use of social networks to let visitors know about any closures of our trail facilities, so that people can plan accordingly. As this incident demonstrates, word gets round quite pretty quickly in the mountain bike community”

So there you go. The matter is settled, done and dusted…

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