The Cycle Development team has been meeting to improve the transition of putting ideas into practise, involving all the main stakeholders.
For more detail of the delivery team and the stakeholders, please follow the links below:
TIMBER MTB (Thetford Improved Mountain Biking EnviRonment) are a group of keen, dedicated volunteers who work with the Forestry Commission to improve and maintain the cycle trails within Thetford Forest and promote cycling in the area.
Over recent years the group have vastly improved sections of the Beater cycle trail by adding the first stone armoured sections and developing features into the trails. Sections such as Tightrope, 39 steps and Duck & Cover have been designed and built solely by volunteers. TIMBER has also assisted the Forestry Commission with the stoning of many other sections of trail.
TIMBER have been developing new ways of ensuring year round trail standards such as duelling trail. This creates two lines of trail to give one the chance to rest after poor weather and high use. Due to the nature of the ground at Thetford work has been very slow. It has been dependant on factors such as the weather and numbers of volunteers. To help with recent work, the Forestry Commission (FC) have invested in new machinery to assist trail building. A Kanga loader (a multi-purpose machine that has many different attachments) and more recently a Bomag compactor to firm up new trail. With these new tools TIMBER have now been able to work on new sections of the family route and start improving the Lime Burner trail.
As well as creating new trails, TIMBER also work on maintaining the routes after poor weather and races. They also have a team of trained trail inspectors who inspect trails on behalf of the FC to highlight and resolve any issues that arise. As well as trail building and maintenance, TIMBER can be seen litter picking, with thier special trailer and showing others the lesser known trails.
If you want to find out more about TIMBER and their work or support them by becoming a member or even lend a hand on a Trail Day, see www.timbermtb.org and make contact via the forum.