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NEWS RELEASE No: 1366510 JUNE 2010

Saddle up for National Bike Week

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The Forestry Commission in the North West is encouraging people to saddle up at its Forests as part of National Bike Week.

Running from June 19th-27th, National Bike Week aims to promote cycling as an everyday healthy and practical lifestyle choice, as well as a great way to slash the nation’s carbon footprint by 2012.

Cycling has seen huge growth over the last 15 years on Forestry Commission land in England.  The sustained enhancements to bike trails and cycling facilities have made the activity more accessible for a wide range of people, including families and those who are retired.

For more information about mountain biking and other activities at Forestry Commission forests, log on to

For more information about National Bike Week log on to the website

1. The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain with        responsibility for over one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside. The North West England Forest District covers the Lake District in Cumbria, the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. The forests today are managed for conservation, wildlife, landscape and recreation as well as providing a valuable source of timber.