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Progress on New Trails for Tardree

04 Dec 2013 7:27 PM | Rick McKee (Administrator)

Today's Antrim Guardian reported progress in the quest to bring Tardree Forest back to life, after many years of decline.

NIMBA first approached Antrim Borough Council officers in December 2012 with a presentation on the opportunities of mountainbiking, and was subsequently invited to present to the Development & Leisure Committee of the Council in late March 2013.  This presentation was received very positively, with councillors and officers enthused by the opportunity.

There has been quite a bit of back and forth in the past few months about it, and there are lots of hurdles still to overcome, but the good news is that Council has now approved the first real tangible step, which is to free up some money towards the scoping exercise for trails and other stuff in the forest.

Tardree is the closest forest of significant size and gradient to Belfast, and is easily accessible from much of the rest of the country, so if the trails ultimately delivered are what people actually want, then Tardree will be absolutely buzzing. 

This is a council initiative, along with the consultants they appoint to deliver, but NIMBA will try to stay involved with a view to ensuring rider engagement at all parts of the process - note, when the time comes for feedback and consultation meetings, etc, we will need the active support of our members to ensure the mountainbiking voice is loud and clear.

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