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Becky checks in as Dalby Forest Visitor Centre chief

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Becky mayo new visitor centre manager Dalby 2012

A 29 year old outdoor fan has moved from one world famous forest to another to take up the reigns as the Forestry Commission’s visitor centre manager at Dalby Forest, near Pickering.

Becky Mayo was previously ranger in Sherwood Pines Forest Park – Robin Hood’s old stomping ground in Nottinghamshire. 

After carving a career in the historic beauty spot, she jumped at the chance of a move to North Yorkshire to head up operations at the £2.6m visitor centre, opened five years ago and partly built from timber felled in the forest and which uses the sun to generate power, woodfuel boilers and rainwater recycling.

“Big things are happening in Dalby – the UCI World Cup mountain bike championships has been held here twice and annual visitor numbers have passed the 450,000 mark.  The forest has a fabulous reputation so it was an opportunity I couldn't afford to pass up.  The visitor centre is becoming a sought after venue for corporate events, conferences and even weddings, so we are definitely looking to develop this side.”

Becky graduated in countryside management from her home town university in Lincoln and before joining the Forestry Commission worked as an instructor on the popular tree-top “Go-Ape” course in Sherwood. She is an avid walker, climber and a mad keen cross-country mountain biker, with plenty of miles under her belt. 

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