23 MARCH 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13424
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The Penhydd mountain bike trail in Afan Forest Park, South Wales, is closing on 12 April for approximately one year whilst Forestry Commission Wales carries out tree thinning work in the area.
This work is necessary to harvest timber for sale and to improve the ecosystem in the forest.
Plans are in the pipeline to redesign and rebuild the trail when the forestry operations are completed.
The rebuilt trail is due to open in mid 2011 and will include some of the original features of the existing route.
Forestry Commission Wales Mountain Bike Ranger Carl Denham said, "Although this trail will be closed for a year or so, it gives us a great opportunity to refresh the route, which was created ten years ago by local mountain bike club Singletrack Mind.
"It is also hoped that the work in the forest will help to open up new areas that can be used for the rebuilt Penhydd Trail and even the planned Blue graded trail."
The other four mountain bike routes in the Afan Forest Park will be open as normal during the work.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Forestry Commission Wales
About 14% of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Assembly Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.
Forestry Commission Wales provides advice on forestry policy to the Minister responsible for forestry. It provides grant aid to the private sector and regulates forestry by issuing felling licences.
Forestry Commission Wales is also part of Forestry Commission GB and contributes to the international forestry agenda.
More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on www.forestry.gov.uk/wales
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