The forestry commission is looking to set up a “Trail Care Crew” to help build and maintain trails in the Sherwood Pines Forest Park, 4000 acres of woodland at the site near Clipstone, Nottinghamshire.
Over 150, 000 riders use the woodland each year and chief recreation ranger Chris Bray believes that the new initiative will help create new challenges for riders of all abilities: “we’ve done a lot of work developing our facilities, but it is important we keep moving forward and find fresh inspiration” he said. “Trail Care Crews are a North-American invention and we reckon it’s an ideal way for bikers to get involved in trail design and keeping them up to scratch”.
The scheme is looking to build upon the success of the dual slalom course that was built last year. At present at a skills area and a “jungle route” are in the pipeline for when the scheme gets underway.
The group is free to join and the emphasis is very much on enjoying and developing the sport. There are going to be regular meetings at which riders can meet with rangers to discuss plans for new routes and facilities. There will also be regular email newsletters to make sure everyone keeps up to date with the latest developments.
For contact details check out Sherwood Pines Website.
For more info on what “Trail Care Crews” are, check IMBA’s website.