The Forestry Commission has expanded the dirt jump section of the popular riding area at Sherwood Pines Forest Park near Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, doubling its size.
The expansion and revamp of the dirt jump area is the work of top Welsh rider Rowan Sorel and his crew from trail builders Back on Track. They’ve used over 300 tonnes of top soil to create a progressively more challenging series of jumps, with ramps ranging from one to three metres high.
The Sherwood Pines dirt jumps were originally built as an alternative to the informal dirt jump building activities being carried out by local youngsters. The Forestry Commission was concerned that these jumps might pose a threat to conservation and archaeological sites and other forest users in the 1,200 hectare (3,000 acre) beauty spot.
But rather than trying to outlaw these “wild jumps” the Forestry Commission worked with local riders to create a purpose built area.
The jump park rapidly became extremely popular and in recognition of this, the Forestry Commission has spend £10,000 expanding it.
Chris Bray, Forestry Commission Recreation Manager, said: “The project has cost about £10,0000, but this is money well spent. The dirt jumping area has been a massive success and as well as providing a stunning experience for riders it has also brought lots of social benefits, giving youngsters a focus for their energies.
“We hope to run workshops on dirt jump building and maintenance as well as skills sessions, all designed to help riders embrace the facility and claim a stake in its future.”