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For the third time this year Forestry Commission Scotland staff have had to remove unauthorised – or ‘wild build’ - mountain bike trail features constructed in a Banchory wood.
These jumps, bumps and berms have been built using timber, stone and earth and could have caused serious injury to forest visitors.
Dan Cadle, for the Commission's Aberdeenshire team, said:
"Forestry Commission Scotland has a duty of care to all people who use the forest and these unauthorised trails or jumps presented a serious threat to safety.
“Some of the jumps had been built with rotten timber and were also high off the ground. Had an inexperienced bike rider found these and decided to give them a go, they could have seriously hurt themselves.
“It is not only irresponsible for anyone to put others at risk in this way but this kind of activity also affects the trees, soils and wildlife in the immediate area.”
Commission staff have removed similar dangerous features from the woods on previous occasions – and have stated that they will continue to do so in order to keep the trails safe.
The local team had also invited local bikers who were serious about developing proper, well designed facilities to get in touch.
"I’m really pleased that a very positive forward thinking group of bikers from Banchory and the wider area has come together to work with us in a much more positive way.
“We are now working together to explore possible options and find a solution that is agreeable to all.”
“It is a shame that once again we have had to use time we want to spend on this positive initiative will once again be diverted to taking down these unsafe jumps.”
The Banchory bikers group is working together with the Forestry Commission to try and come up with a solution to a lack of recognised cycling skills areas in Banchory.
If you would like to get involved in this group please contact Carol Douglas - Community Learning - Aberdeenshire Council.
Notes to Editors
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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.