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With a shared vision to increase cycling in woodlands, Forestry Commission England and CTC, the largest cycling membership organisation in England, yesterday celebrated the launch of their official partnership.
The partnership agreement sets out an exciting joint ambition to increase the role that cycling plays on the Forestry Commission Estate to enhance the health and well being of the nation and to support local tourism.
Looking ahead to the next five years, we will be working together to promote physical activity through cycling in woodlands, delivering new and innovate ways of using cycling to engage young people with the natural environment and seeking new funding and partnership opportunities in order to reach new audiences.
Through this programme of work, we will also be increasing the number of Cycling Development Officer posts to manage community cycling development needs within the Forestry Commission and there will be additional CTC membership benefits.
Pam Warhurst, Forestry Commission Chair, said,
“With over 10 million cycling visits being made every year to Forestry Commission woodlands, cycling is very much at the heart of what we do. Our woodlands are the setting for many people’s first off-road cycling experience and are celebrated as a favourite place to enjoy mountain biking.
“We have a long-standing relationship with CTC and are delighted to make it official. Working together gives us a fantastic opportunity to develop new and exciting cycling initiatives.”
Kevin Mayne, CTC Chief Executive said,
“The CTC and Forestry Commission continue to make a real difference in providing cycling opportunities to a very diverse range of cyclists, across all age groups.
“CTC is very happy to cement our relationship with The Forestry Commission and we very much look forward to continuing our involvement with current cycling projects, alongside delivering a number of new and exciting opportunities across the Forestry Estate.
“We really want to encourage as many members of the community to get the most from their local woodland and at the same time gain the full range of benefits that cycling offers”.
Current projects delivered by Forestry Commission England and CTC already include:
- Introducing cycling to disability groups at Alice Holt in Hampshire;
- Encouraging families on holiday to try cycling for the first time Sherwood, Haldon, the New Forest, Kielder and Dalby;
- Supporting young people developing new community trail projects in the south east of England and;
- Developing a new network of off road trails in the South West
Notes to Editors:
- The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. Further information can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/england
- CTC, the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation, with 68,000 members across the UK, is both the oldest and largest cycling body in the UK, established in 1878. CTC provides a comprehensive range of services, advice, events and protection for its members and works to promote cycling by raising public and political awareness of cycling’s health, social and environmental benefits. More information on CTC is available at www.ctc.org.uk.
- To view the partnership document visit the Forestry Commission website.
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