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Mountain Bikers Take the Initiative in Davagh

21 Dec 2013 11:08 PM | Rick McKee (Administrator)

Discussions have been ongoing with Cookstown District Council in recent months to see further trail development within Davagh Forest in partnership with the local bikers.  See http://nimba.memberlodge.com/news?mode=PostView&bmi=1456469 for context.

 

It has been widely acknowledged that the structures that made up the old trail known as the Stream Trail were neither safe nor sustainable in their current form – the council, who have responsibility for recreation right across Davagh Forest, were understandably unable to stand over the quality of the structures, meaning they all had to go and were scheduled for removal.

 

Despite the many hundreds of man-hours that have gone into building, maintaining, extending and improving these structures over the years, and the back-breaking work involved, the mountain bikers recognised the reality of the situation from the Council’s perspective, and as a gesture of goodwill they decided to take the initiative and remove the structures themselves.  This work is now complete, following the work of 15 volunteers on 21st December.

 

Discussions will continue with Cookstown District Council in the New Year, exploring ways to further develop the current partnership working relationship, to see the quantity and quality of trails available in Davagh Forest further increased for the benefit of all.

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